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Gregory Taylor asks governor for pardon

Posted March 5, 2010

— A man freed from prison last month after serving nearly 18 years on a first-degree murder conviction filed paperwork Friday afternoon asking North Carolina's governor for a pardon.

A three-judge panel vacated Gregory Taylor's life sentence on Feb. 17 after finding that there was clear and convincing new evidence that proved he is innocent in the September 1991 stabbing and beating death of Jacquetta Thomas.

A pardon from Gov. Beverly Perdue would mean that Taylor could apply for compensation from the state Industrial Commission for $50,000 a year, up to $750,000.

Taylor is the first person freed from prison because of the involvement of the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission, a state agency established in 2006 to investigate and evaluate post-conviction claims of factual innocence.


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  • alwayslovingu30 Mar 5, 2010

    I seriously dont think ol Perdue will pardon him Easly wasa in the same boat an would not pardon the man because he says it will create Jelousy.I will vote for me before I vote for anymore crooks.I will probaly never vote again because of crooks like Easy&Perude&Obama

  • liskm Mar 5, 2010

    Where does the compensation to the 3 attorneys that worked with Mr. Taylor during this process come from? Just curious. This is an entirely new process.

  • hazeyc Mar 5, 2010

    Bev Perdue will have people like I. Beverly Lake putting the pressure on her for the pardon. Maybe the Innocence Commission should revise their rules to include compensation without a pardon, so there's no politics in the process.

  • Canes Girl Forever Mar 5, 2010

    Gosh I hope he gets it. He deserves that and so much more!

  • saturn5 Mar 5, 2010

    Do the right thing, Bev. Give the man a pardon, and help him get his compensation. It won't replace the years of his life that the state took away from him unjustly, but it will help him start a new life.

  • skw2182 Mar 5, 2010

    A pardon from Perdue?? Yeah right....I will be shocked if that one happens. Is it time to vote for a new governor yet?

  • WHEEL Mar 5, 2010

    Bev can't even pay taxpayers their refunds, how is she going to afford a pardon and the payment involved. There goes another sales tax increase - No - It's election year, we get a reprieve.

  • sweetrose Mar 5, 2010

    vsusu2002: well ... I hope they do follow up with him ... I myself would like to know how the ole boy fairs.

  • csplantlover Mar 5, 2010

    Give the guy his money and let him get on with his life - it's really no concern of ours. He has a lot of catching up to do and personally I don't want to hear any more about it. Leave that to him and his family. Can you imagine his first job interview???

  • vsusu2002 Mar 5, 2010

    Sweet Rose said "he has already got new glasses ... he did that the next day ... also got a cell phone ... and a lap top ... facebook page ... WRAL did a story on it ... it was like the next day or so after he got out".

    Yep Sweet Rose, you are right. WRAL even talked about him learning to use the automatic toilet. I think the next story WRAL will do on Mr. Taylor is when he will buy his new car. And boy wait until he gets a house..... WRAK will do a tour of the house for us to see. Happy for Greg though!