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N.C. Bar Association defends judge's ruling to free two inmates

Posted December 15, 2009
Updated December 16, 2009

— North Carolina's Bar Association is defending a judge's decision to release two convicted murderers serving so-called life sentences that could be shortened.

State bar association president John Wester on Tuesday said criticism of Superior Court Judge Ripley Rand's decision is unfair. In a statement, Wester said Rand ruled with law in mind, despite the politcally charged situation.

The inmates are still behind bars because of an appeals court order, but that came after Rand ruled Monday the inmates could use good-time credits to truncate 80-year terms.

Gov. Beverly Perdue said Monday she was furious and disgusted with the ruling that the inmates could be freed. She said it was not how governments or courts should work for the people of the state.


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  • EZeegoing Dec 16, 2009

    Go figure !!

  • superman Dec 16, 2009

    I dont think any of us are in a position to obey the laws that we like and disobey the ones we dont. The judge made his ruling based on his interpertation of the law. We dont have children so I really dont like paying for the schools. Do I have a legal option to rehold payment of 80% of my tax bill that goes to the schools?

  • wildcat Dec 16, 2009

    Sooner or later these criminals do their time as the courts set forth, and they are out after making their time, trying to make it in the real world.

  • wildcat Dec 16, 2009

    She said it was not how governments or courts should work for the people of the state.

    Can Gov. Purdue go over the judges or the Supreme Court head? I don't believe so. I am stillwaiting to see how all of this will play out. The end is coming.

  • thepeopleschamp Dec 16, 2009

    I agree these muderers should stay in prison. I'm just not sure why this group is gathering so much attention. Murderers are released from prison all the time, just ask any Parole Officer how many convicted murderers live in the area,

  • mountainlover Dec 16, 2009

    According to jurydoc, there appears to be genuine debate on what the "law as written" actually says.

  • djcgriffin Dec 16, 2009

    SkepticalGirl - OR the posters are locals that want the judicial system to follow the law as written. :)

  • SkepticalGirl Dec 16, 2009

    I'd be willing to bet that a large number of the posters supporting the judge's idiotic decisions are members of the Bar Association. Especially since most of there posts are long and almost incomprehensible in their wordiness, absolutely typical of lawyers.

  • josephlawrence43 Dec 16, 2009

    JuryDoc: Thanks. If I have a choice between some government bureaucracy and a sitting Judge--I believe I would listen to the Judge..Just my opinion though.

  • mountainlover Dec 16, 2009


    I am glad you are commenting today, because I am learning so much from you. I agree with the state/DOC and will go back to my original post. IF they get out and go back to their original behavior, it would be poetic justice if they appeared at the judge's house. It is extremely hard for me to see how anyone could reduce 40 years from a sentence through good behavior.