After 12 years without an execution, many people believe the North Carolina death penalty is dead. That might be true — if it weren’t for the more than 140 people still on death row. A new report shows that, by today’s standards, most of them shouldn’t be there.
The U.S. Constitution guarantees the accused the right to an adequate defense. Ronald Wayne Frye, who was executed in 2001, went to his death without receiving that essential benefit. His lawyer, who later admitted to drinking heavily during Frye’s trial, never investigated Frye’s background — a crucial part of representing a client on trial for […]