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ncsufamily24 Nov 6, 6:16 p.m.
While you continue to rant on about Bush, keep in mind that had these criminals committed their crimes in the state of Texas,
more than likely, they would have received the death penalty and
executed long ago. Surely knowing this will help erase some of the hate you have for Bush. Just give it some thought.....
Tarheelfan13 Nov 6, 1:54 p.m.
Quite frankly if they are holding them just to grandstand and know that good behavior credits are not the issue than these inmates are being unlawfully incarcarated which is likely going to end up costing the taxpayers money in possible civil suits. Honestly, the federal government needs to step in because their federal civil rights are actually being violated by the state of North Carolina. And let me say that yes I do realize these men have done terrible crimes and I am an ardent supporter of being tough on crime probably more so than most. But the law is the law and North Carolina needs to be held accountable for possible false inprisonment.
Armando de Cabana Boy Nov 6, 12:58 p.m.
pbjbeach: As usual, your comment makes absolutely no sense. George Bush has absolutely nothing to do with this story.
nccowbo Nov 6, 12:50 p.m.
It is all about spending more money, what is it going to cost us now?? They are going to get out and then turn around and sue the state for millions due to not releasing them on the dates they should have. A court will uphold their claim that the state held them under unlawful reasons. And you and I will pay even more taxes for the lawsuites they will win. Let them out, give them big money now,it will be cheaper in the long run.
pbjbeach Nov 6, 12:49 p.m.
If you ask me every since the bush adminstration has been in charge of this country there are no longer any constitutionaly right to be provide to an indivsual citizens as that they have allowed for the states rights to take precedence over the indivsuals rights an this is proabbly why that state employees also no longer have any work place rights within the woprkplace because everything has gone over to state rights. an state right are being abused in order to suppress an indivsuals rights in the work place or any where else
Armando de Cabana Boy Nov 6, 12:46 p.m.
NOOOO!! No need to waste our tax $$ for this. As musch as I beleive these people need to spend their life behind bars, there is a loophole that is going to set them free. I hate it, but as they say, the law is the law, and the courts have ordered them released.
fatchanceimwrong Nov 6, 12:28 p.m.
Doesn't Bev have a convicted murderer working on her staff? Maybe she could hire them all to work for her once they get out.
Tarheelfan13 Nov 6, 11:30 a.m.
The legislative session would just be a waste of time because ex post facto is Constitutionally illegal in this country. As much as I am not happy about these inmates being released, the defense attorney is right and the law is on the inmates side. It would not surprise me if it took a federal judge to override the governor and order the prisoners released.
mrr03 Nov 6, 11:05 a.m.
Hey GOV..Here is a great idea..You don't like the ruling..Appeal the case to the Fed's or LET THE PRISONERS GO as the NC Supreme COURT ORDERED..YOU Governor can't abuse what the courts have said..Why don't you just start disobeying the Constitution altogether..It seems that where you are headed...remindes me of a spolied child who does not like the game so you take all the marbles and go home..
pbjbeach Nov 6, 11:05 a.m.
I think that if the governor of this state is truely the leader of this then she if she wants these prisoners do to be realeased then she has the authority to issue an exective order to allowed them to continue to be held in prison. I fail tosee the reasoning behind the governor having to call a special sesion of the legisture back into session an to have to foot the bill for this expentiture of taxpayers funding to bring the legisture back into special sesion to handle this one issue. Let the governor rule the state by exective order just as Bush has ruled the entire country by exective order an be da-- the general public an what they say or think this is the country of the politician for the politicians an by the politicians thank you
iron fist Nov 6, 10:39 a.m.
nitahollow I agree with most of what you said. But the government cannot just make laws to suit themselves when ever they want. They made the rules if they need changing then change them but the timing and the way they are trying to do this is wrong. And I also think companies should hire ex cons a lot of them have paid their dues and deserve another chance and not forced into a life of crime. Not all but a lot of them do.
nitahollow Nov 6, 10:27 a.m.
This is ridiculous. Criminals have more rights than anyone one. I don't care what the law is, right is right, and wrong is wrong. These ppl have committed heinous crimes and do not need to be released into the public. Are we not learning anything by the Eve Carson case or Anthony Sowell, a convicted rapist that has killed at least 11 women and raped at least 14. When do the people get rights? This is why so many ppl are committing crimes; our justice system is a joke. A criminal finds a loophole and then he is out on the street committing crimes again. And on top of that, what are they going to do once they are released? Many of these ppl are in their 50's and 60's; what kind of a job are they going to have? Many companies will not hire ex-cons, so how will they make their money? More than likely, they will end up back in prison again and you will have some more victims. We need to pray you all; only God can deliver us from all of this.
iron fist Nov 6, 10:09 a.m.
jesmyopinion I agree, making the laws/rules as they go. Under the current law they should be released. May not be right but it is the law.
Just the facts mam Nov 6, 9:41 a.m.
I hate politicians. Although I do not want to see these prisoners released, I still hate to see politicians and politics when they are lowered to this groveling level...
publicsafety1 Nov 6, 8:21 a.m.
Let me say this to start...I DO NOT like the idea of these follks being released. They showed at one point in their life that they did not belong in society. However, I am also one to follow rules and like it or not, the rules need to apply to EVERYONE! Prosecutors, judges, lawyers, everyone. The Supreme Court has ruled in the fair of these folks and said that, ACCORDING TO THE LAW, they have paid their debt to society. Do I agree with this ruling? HECK NO and I honestly hate that this loophole was in the law, but it was. In my job you have to take the emotion out of doing your job and that's what needs to happen now, like it or not. Again I HATE the fact that these people are getting out unsupervised but the law is the law and it is supposed to apply to everyone equally.
jafarmg2 Nov 6, 8:06 a.m.
If they can change the rules for these individuals, then they need to change the rules for EVERY prisoner that was EVER sentenced during this time period [1974-1978] including those that have been RELEASED! Like it or not...it just is not right to punish some and not all under the same laws.
luke Nov 5, 6:52 p.m.
If the state of Massachusetts can change their laws on a whim to keep a democrat in office,I see no wrong in changing our laws to keep convicted rapists and murderers behind bars where they belong.Their debt to society HAS NOT been paid.The sentence was life in prison.Maybe the wording should be changed to "stay in prison until death"
Published: 2008-01-11 14:37:00
Updated: 2010-06-21 13:53:03