North Carolina News Articles

(Alan Gell case) N.C. Bar gives ex-prosecutors "slight punishment" - September 25, 2004 - Debra Graves did not act intentionally, State Bar panel says. David Hoke, through his lawyer in court, admitted his mistake.

GOVERNOR REFUSES TO PARDON WRONGFULLY CONVICTED MAN WHOM HE PROSECUTED - August 20, 2005 - Gov. Mike Easley has refused to pardon a man he put behind bars when he was a prosecutor even though the man was freed from prison after the victims recanted their testimony. Easley denied the petition of Sylvester Smith, 54, who was convicted in 1984 for first degree rape and two counts of first degree sexual offense, the governor's office said Wednesday.

EX-INMATES: FIX SYSTEM - May 6, 2004 - Darryl Hunt and Alan Gell said Sunday that the state's death penalty system is broken and needs to be fixed before an innocent man is executed

N.C. SETS UP ACTUAL INNOCENCE PANEL - November 27, 2002 - A group of legal authorities has created an unprecedented commission that will review how innocent people are convicted and how to free them when it happens.