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Wilmington 10 get their pardons

Posted January 5, 2013

— The surviving members of the "Wilmington 10," the nine men and one woman wrongly convicted more than 40 years ago in the fire-bombing of a grocery store, and family members of the four who are deceased gathered Saturday in the town where their long journey started to accept the formal certificates of pardon signed last week by the governor.

Benjamin Chavis, Connie Tindall, Marvin Patrick, Wayne Moore, Reginald Epps, Jerry Jacobs, James McKoy, Willie Earl Vereen, William Wright Jr. and Ann Shepard were convicted of arson after a race riot in the city in 1971 only to see their convictions overturned years later after findings of prosecutorial misconduct. Perdue's action was the final step in a long battle waged by civil rights groups, lawyers and families.

"These pardons help remove a stain from the nation, help to heal the breach of the world," State NAACP President Rev. William Barber said. "Each of Gov. Perdue's ten pardons of innocence are national and international acts of redemption and grace."

On Saturday, hundreds crowded Gregory Congregational United Church of Christ to hear from Barber and Chavis, among others.

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  • gvmntcheese Jan 8, 3:56 p.m.

    So, now they can get jobs without impunity right?

  • goldenosprey Jan 8, 9:12 a.m.

    "How come the story doesnt mention the taxpayers money they recieved...50 grand for each year or part of that they spent in jail each. So at least a half million! Good going Bev!"
    ncrepublican1776
    So you believe the state should be able to wrongfully incarcerate you with impunity? How is it Bev's fault?
    To be fair, the screen name is that of the party that does not want victims of medical malpractice to be compensated.

  • Bill Brasky Jan 7, 3:23 p.m.

    "How come the story doesnt mention the taxpayers money they recieved...50 grand for each year or part of that they spent in jail each. So at least a half million! Good going Bev!"

    So you're saying it was worth it? You would be willing to go to jail for $50k a year?

  • NiceNSmooth Jan 7, 2:22 p.m.

    How come the story doesnt mention the taxpayers money they recieved...50 grand for each year or part of that they spent in jail each. So at least a half million! Good going Bev!

    and well deserved!!

  • trekkie13 Jan 7, 2:21 p.m.

    Why are the pardons needed when the 4th Circuit of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia threw out their convictions. The last time I checked a federal court is higher up the chain of command then a state governor.

  • COLT45 Jan 7, 2:12 p.m.

    Old news. Move on.

  • ncrepublican1776 Jan 7, 1:49 p.m.

    How come the story doesnt mention the taxpayers money they recieved...50 grand for each year or part of that they spent in jail each. So at least a half million! Good going Bev!

  • sunneyone2 Jan 7, 1:03 p.m.

    Congratulations to them.

  • Barfly Jan 7, 12:59 p.m.

    Let's get in line with Mr. Eugene Nix so we can get paid.

  • Red Green Jan 7, 12:20 p.m.

    “Well, there's 10 more criminals pardoned because someone screamed prejudice loud enough. And we wonder why so many crimes are committed by released repeat offenders.” Jbyrd

    And you deem them to be criminals because of ………

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