North Carolina Man, Wrongly Convicted, Is Free After 20 Years

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Today we bring you another story of a North Carolina man held in prison too long, but for a different reason. Amazingly, after 20 years in prison for a murder he did not commit, the man says that he does not hold grudges. He has chosen a positive path, including regarding his situation with forgiveness
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North Carolina Pays Millions to Men Who Were Wrongly Convicted

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In a story that is almost painful to read, two North Carolina men have reached a settlement with North Carolina’s State Bureau of Investigation and its insurers after spending 31 years behind bars even though they were innocent. The men will be paid $12.475 million, but there’s no price that can be put on decades
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What Not to Purge: Evidence That Could Clear Someone’s Name

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The justice system in North Carolina has not been able to keep up with technology. Budget and staff cuts have made it harder if not impossible to preserve evidence from decided criminal cases. Legislative committees have had more pressing issues to deal with, like fixing the State Bureau of Investigation crime lab. Whatever the reason,
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Where There’s Smoke: Can We Predict Wrongful Convictions?

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If you are arrested for a violent crime in North Carolina that you did not commit, what are the chances you will be convicted anyway? A new study funded by the federal government and conducted by university researchers has identified 10 factors that wrongful convictions have in common. The researchers hope that the results will
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Where There’s Smoke: Can We Predict Wrongful Convictions? P2

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We are talking about a study of common factors in erroneous convictions. The researchers looked at data from the years 1980 to 2012 and identified 460 cases that resulted in wrongful convictions, acquittals or dismissals. Their analysis of those cases revealed 10 factors that they believe can predict a wrongful conviction. Several of the factors
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