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DredScott Jan 3, 12:00 p.m.
Play the race card and the world is your oyster. Today there is no justice if you are not a person of color. superman
As it was during Jim Crow, there was no justice if you were a person of color.
superman Jan 3, 9:56 a.m.
Play the race card and the world is your oyster. Today there is no justice if you are not a person of color.
bluford2 Jan 2, 7:20 p.m.
Some of these comments reveal so much about the psyche of the people who make them. If one wishes to be reminded of hooded horsemen, just visit any article or story regarding a tempting topic they can't resist and they will come. Instead of hoods, they hide behind an anonymous username.
Thanks Gov. Purdue.
Very sad and embarrassing.
Lamborghini Mercy Jan 2, 3:38 p.m.
10 lives flipped upside down from a wrong conviction. Just remember situations like this the next time you hear someone say "that's the past", "times changed", or "you shouldn't feel affected anymore". The fact of matter is these people were torn from their families, and stripped of their freedoms for most of their lives, up until now 2013. We've made progress, but surely this clearly indicates that lives are still affected even today. I can only wish them all the best and to reunite with their remaining family.
Raleigh Boys Jan 2, 3:14 p.m.
Why does the pardon website http://www.doc.state.nc.us/clemency/pardons.htm
show them as pending still? Is this website even correct?
dollibug Jan 2, 2:10 p.m.
It is sad when people are not provided good representation in court....I am sure here are some good attorneys somewhere....and then there are not too good attorneys (the majority)....it is sad when people's US Constitutional Rights are VIOLATED....and they can NOT find or afford a good attorney....but this happens and it happens a lot....a person is supposed to be *INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY*....but this does not always happen....these people's conviction was overturned years ago....only half of the job was completed....Bev did not decide whether or not to overturn the conviction....
Grand Union Jan 2, 1:38 p.m.
"Once again Bev has failed the residents of NC. They committed a crime; that can't be changed nor can their guilt."
What crime would that be? Being Black in the 1970s?
Grand Union Jan 2, 1:36 p.m.
"This is obviously about the money - thanks, Bev, for another stupid decision - opening the State to being sued."
Would you feel the same if you had been sent to jail for something you had not done? I doubt it. Did your Mom not tell you that you should do the right thing, not just the easy thing?
Grand Union Jan 2, 1:35 p.m.
"This doesn't feel right, unfortunately. Ok, the convictions were tainted and overturned. Fine. But, did they actually commit the crimes? Do we know they didn't commit these crimes? Why is she declaring them innocent simply based on the fact that their convictions were overturned? Everything I've read has said the convictions were tainted and overturned. Nothing I've read has shown they were guilty or innocent."
You seem to be unaware of the basic principle of US law. Innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. That their convictions were overturned so quickly seems to indicate that everyone knew at the time that they were not guilty and were simply scapegoats. Remember it was not long before this Racist LEOs had killed Civil rights workers in the South....
Grand Union Jan 2, 1:28 p.m.
"And no justice ...still...for the victims..."
They spent years in jail after being wrongly convicted....that makes them victims as well. And worse they were victims of the State breaking one of the Cardinal rules - The Rule of Law.
This should have happened years ago.
"Thank God we've moved on from such savagery and are more civilized in my lifetime."
From some of the posts here it would appear some are still a long way from being civilized.
dejavu2u Jan 2, 12:12 p.m.
This is obviously about the money - thanks, Bev, for another stupid decision - opening the State to being sued.
NYtoNC81 Jan 2, 11:53 a.m.
The only take-away I get from this story that makes me angry is that in my parent's lifetime there was actually such a thing as a "white grocery store."
Thank God we've moved on from such savagery and are more civilized in my lifetime.
hpr641 Jan 2, 10:56 a.m.
Since it appears that they didn't do the crime, I hate that this took 32 years after a Governor commuted the sentences and a federal court threw out the verdicts ... and only done by a lame-duck governor in her last 100 hours of power, at that.
While I think this was justified, I would like to see a state law that any gubernatorial pardons issued after a gubernatorial election day not take effect until 48 hrs after the new governor is sworn in (giving the new governor an opportunity to rescind pardons he/she deems unjust or politically-motivated).
Bill Brasky Dec 31, 4:59 p.m.
" They committed a crime; that can't be changed nor can their guilt."
If you have evidence please present it. Why are you protecting the guilty?
3forme Dec 31, 4:57 p.m.
And no justice ...still...for the victims...
immaannoid Dec 31, 4:53 p.m.
They were obviously wrongly convicted. What needs to take place now is to prosecute those that conspired to convict them.
free2bme Dec 31, 4:53 p.m.
Unfortunately, this turned into a Bev Purdue bashing. We will see what these people have to say after McCory and Art Pope gets thru with this state. Lord help us.
bilge53 Dec 31, 4:46 p.m.
Once again Bev has failed the residents of NC. They committed a crime; that can't be changed nor can their guilt.
Good bye Bev.
Uhavenoclu Dec 31, 4:36 p.m.
Well said dwntwnboy they are what are called the blind people little girls. They don't like someone and no matter what don't see the good.
A frown will bring your spirits down to the ground. They never let you see the good things all around.
jcthai Dec 31, 4:35 p.m.
This doesn't feel right, unfortunately. Ok, the convictions were tainted and overturned. Fine. But, did they actually commit the crimes? Do we know they didn't commit these crimes? Why is she declaring them innocent simply based on the fact that their convictions were overturned? Everything I've read has said the convictions were tainted and overturned. Nothing I've read has shown they were guilty or innocent. Would anyone here give OJ Simpson a pardon of innocence if he had been convicted and then the conviction had been overturned? This just bothers me that nothing has been written about this lately regarding the actual innocence or guilt of the Wilmington 10.
RandolphBloke Dec 31, 4:35 p.m.
It's really sad how many people are bashing this and making racist comments. Fact of the matter is these people were wrongly convicted and the evidence shows that now. Stop making this about old Bev and think about what would happen if YOU were wrongly convicted. Would you still be making such callous comments? Some of you are behaving like children.
dwntwnboy2 Dec 31, 4:30 p.m.
"I'm not sure if people on here are actually lashing out against the Wilmington 10 so much as they are lashing out at Perdue"- DING DING DING!!! We have a winner! Perdue could announce the cure for Cancer and AIDS and some of these people would complain about it just because it was her. They are the same ones who cry about Obama "destroying" the country with nothing to back it up other than their own hatred of that which they don't like.
smcallah Dec 31, 4:27 p.m.
"Caving to the urge to never be politically incorrect instead of letting the courts do their job."
Another person that didn't read the article...
The courts did their job 32 years ago when they freed these 10 people by overturning their convictions.
Purdue simply pardoned their felony convictions, which were on their records. They were already free of jail and not going back by a court. Purdue wasn't doing the court's job.
smcallah Dec 31, 4:21 p.m.
"So I guess people can get away with murder. Especially with a liberal governor."
Their convictions were already over turned by a judge. So if you think they got away with murder, complain to the judge that did so.
She merely made their conviction status match their actual status of not convicted. She didn't free them from prison or decide their innocence.
yellow_hat Dec 31, 4:21 p.m.
Are you people kidding me - there was no evidence to convict these people. Are we satisfied as long as someone is punished even if not the right person.
Bill Brasky Dec 31, 4:05 p.m.
Purdue signing this only shows her fear of returning home to Wilmington with nothing substantial to show for her disgraceful record as governor. Just go home.
Except for the fact that Purdue lives in New Bern....two hours away from Wilmington,, and that these people were found innocent over 30 years ago. If you have evidence these people did it than present it, otherwise you are doing our state a huge injustice.
iron fist Dec 31, 4:03 p.m.
I think she did what was right. I wish Bev the best in her future.
jeshati78 Dec 31, 4:01 p.m.
The comments on this thread are absolutely disgusting. The history of Jim Crow throughout the south are key in understanding why Perdue felt that she should pardon these people. I'm pretty sure nothing happened to all the people that were responsible for the riots in 1898. It's almost 2013 for heavens sake....people please stop being so ignorant. I know you all cant be this stupid. Seriously? Wow...no wonder so much tension remains between us all...
GravyPig Dec 31, 3:58 p.m.
I'm not sure if people on here are actually lashing out against the Wilmington 10 so much as they are lashing out at Perdue. There also seems to be a lot of folks on here who know nothing of the Wilmington 10 or the events that unfolded.
tatermommy52 Dec 31, 3:58 p.m.
P-olitics A-nd N-ot D-irect E-vidence R-esults I-n N-ot G-uilty.
superman Dec 31, 3:58 p.m.
She just continues to try to leave us such wonderful lasting memories. Her fight "for the children" will soon be forgotten. I wish her "godspeed" on her way home.
Bill Brasky Dec 31, 3:55 p.m.
Bev can sign what she wants. That piece of paper is ueless. The people of Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina and the United States will always know and remember that they are guilty and who they are"
So Lucus, tell us who "they" are. You sound like you know.
tatermommy52 Dec 31, 3:53 p.m.
They should have had judge Weeks. After letting cop killers off death row, bombers would have been easy. This is Weeks last day as a judge.
ripetomatoes Dec 31, 3:52 p.m.
Bev can sign what she wants. That piece of paper is ueless. The people of Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina and the United States will always know and remember that they are guilty and who they are. Regardless of this piece of paper they will always be remembered as Felons, terrorists and criminals and there is nothing a piece of paper can do to change that. Every stare they get, every whisper they hear will be that they are the ones who blew up that store and are dangerous convicted felons. So live with that piece of paper because the rest of us will always remember who and what you really are. Lucas Turner
What a waste of time.
The living of these 10 people will answer for their crimes against society one day.
The dead already have.
Purdue signing this only shows her fear of returning home to Wilmington with nothing substantial to show for her disgraceful record as governor.
Just go home.
dollibug Dec 31, 3:52 p.m.
*****She is doing her job because the courts did not originally do theirs....do you even understand what this story is about?!?
Actually there are a lot of people who do NOT UNDERSTAND what goes on in the Judicial System......there are people who are *CORRUPT* and they do things which should NOT BE ALLOWED****but there are people who then *SUPPORT WHAT HAS BEEN DONE*.....the Judicial System is nothing be a *game* that those in charge *play*.....and it just depends upon who can beat whom at their own little game.....JUSTICE has nothing to do with it in a lot of cases...
justjean Dec 31, 3:51 p.m.
@Lucas Turner, I don't believe they are guilty, and guess what? I live here in the good ole US of A.
NCAries Dec 31, 3:50 p.m.
It's a shame how color still blind people it's a sickness well taught. I am glad man is not GOD.
North Carolina Cutie
I agree...the teachers taught it so well that now when they suffer the backlash of the lesson coming to fruition they can't handle it...knowledge is a powerful thing in the hands of the lower class...karma is a b....
justjean Dec 31, 3:45 p.m.
Wow, are we going into 2013 or 1813? I'm shocked and appalled by some of the comments here. Seems that many people are still under the assumption that they are better than others based soley on the color of their skin....wow.
GoodNCCitizen Dec 31, 3:42 p.m.
Will she never leave????
GravyPig Dec 31, 3:42 p.m.
"Umm, now that they have been pardoned by the "State" for a crime they didn't commit, the next step will be to seek RESTITUTION from the state who wrongly convicted them, eh?"
What you are saying is that if it were you who lost 10 years in jail and spent the rest of your life after that with the stigma of being convicted, that you wouldn't seek some form of restiution. Interesting.
Naysayer Dec 31, 3:41 p.m.
Another reminder that she can't ride off into the sunset fast enough. What a pathetic legacy she leaves.
NCAries Dec 31, 3:40 p.m.
Did someone go after those who perjured and took part in "prosecutorial misconduct"???
Someone surely should have.Lidska Bytost
That's not the way it's done in Southern states. They don't punish wrongdoers unless they are people of color and even then sometimes they make up things like in this case to get convictions. Those people probably went on to be put on very high pedestals with the fame they gained by prosecuting these cases. Good to know the white supremacy rules are falling apart at the seams and unraveling to reveal the true ugliness of the history that so many want to go back to.
GravyPig Dec 31, 3:39 p.m.
"Exactly, who bombed the grocery store? The trial may have been flawed but innocent they are not. Just goes to show that you can get away with murder as long as you cry "race card". This State and country will always be divided by race as long as actions like this keep ocurring."
The amount of ignorance on this subject is amazing. Don't you suppose that race might be a large factor in this particular case involving the civil rights fight? I think you should maybe read about this subject before you comment more about how little you know.
Terkel Dec 31, 3:38 p.m.
"wonder what they will complain about now, this will go on forever"
Barber's already working on it, I'm sure.
Terkel Dec 31, 3:36 p.m.
Maybe she can pay them in free passes to that new destination park right across from Central Prison.
UNCfuturealumi Dec 31, 3:34 p.m.
now they will sue and I hope they may get her retirement. +
Ken D. Dec 31, 3:34 p.m.
"Exactly, who bombed the grocery store? The trial may have been flawed but innocent they are not."
And you know this how?
cjw6105 Dec 31, 3:28 p.m.
Worst governor ever.
mom2threecld Dec 31, 3:25 p.m.
wonder what they will complain about now, this will go on forever
injameswetrust2003 Dec 31, 3:25 p.m.
Just an exclamation point on the worst NC governor's tenure of all time.
Published: 2008-01-11 14:37:00
Updated: 2010-06-21 13:53:03