Timothy Richardson is an adult who functions at the level of an 11 or 12 year old. Despite his clear intellectual disability, N.C. is still fighting for his execution.
The world will not be the same without Darryl. But we will not let his legacy die with his physical body. And when we finally see the end of the death penalty, he will be with us to celebrate.
Howard Dudley got a life sentence based on the outlandish story of a troubled 9-year-old. People in North Carolina are frequently prosecuted for the death penalty based on evidence just as flimsy.
Even the death penalty’s traditional supporters — law enforcement, prosecutors, and prison officials — are starting to change their minds about the need for the ultimate punishment. A new group of public safety officials has come together from across the nation to express serious concerns about the death penalty, and a former North Carolina police chief is one of its leaders.
Now that Wake County juries have rejected the death penalty six times in a row, Wake DA Lorrin Freeman says she might reconsider pursuing death in future cases. The citizens of Wake County should hope she keeps that promise. Death penalty trials cost at least four times as much as non-capital trials, and Wake has wasted millions.
On trial for his life, Kenneth Neal was assigned a recently convicted child pornographer for a defense attorney. Just like the poor, intellectually disabled Brendan Dassey in Making A Murderer, Neal got stuck with a sub-par attorney who sabotaged his chance for a fair trial. The latest in NCCADP’s stories from death row.
Again and again, the prosecutors and cops who put innocent people in prison — even send them to death row — face no consequences. Now, the State Bar is sending a message that lawyers who expose the system’s misdeeds could be subject to retribution.
In North Carolina, juries did not impose a single new death sentence this year. It was the second year since 2012 that no one was sent to death row. We also neared a decade without an execution. Across the country, the death penalty reached its lowest point in the modern era with just 49 new death sentences and 28 executions. Even Texas only sent two people to death row.
Twenty five years ago, as an assistant district attorney in Forsyth County, Vince Rabil helped put Blanche Taylor Moore on death row. Today, Rabil says it is time to end the death penalty and calls Moore — a frail 82-year-old still sitting on death row — “a living monument to the failure of a vanishing legal remedy.”
Just in time for Veterans Day, a sobering new report shows that North Carolina is one of many states that routinely condemns veterans to death and executes them, with little regard for the trauma they endured while serving our country. Twenty-four of North Carolina’s 148 death row inmates are military veterans. Six veterans have been executed.