Wilmington 10 http://wunc.org en Advocates For "Wilmington Ten" Seek Pardons http://wunc.org/post/advocates-wilmington-ten-seek-pardons <p>A group of people who say they were wrongfully convicted of arson more than forty years ago in Wilmington are asking Governor Bev Perdue for an official pardon before she leaves office. The “Wilmington Ten,” as they are known, served prison time for an arson that took place as race riots inflamed the city. The convictions were later overturned by the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. But the state of North Carolina has not pardoned the group.</p> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 23:00:00 +0000 Jessica Jones 9500 at http://wunc.org The Wilmington 10 http://wunc.org/post/wilmington-10 <p>In 1972, 10 young activists in Wilmington were convicted of arson and conspiracy related to racial violence. Their conviction immediately became a worldwide cause. Now, <span class="link-external"><a href="http://media.charlotteobserver.com/smedia/2012/11/27/20/49/15SWzk.So.156.pdf">legal notes from the original prosecutor of the case</a></span> raise more questions about the fairness of the trial. The Wilmington 10 are seeking to clear their names with a pardon from outgoing <span class="link-external"><a href="http://www.governor.state.nc.us/">Gov. Bev Perdue</a></span>.</p> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 15:43:00 +0000 Frank Stasio & Shawn Wen 5954 at http://wunc.org NAACP Leader Calls On Governor To Pardon "Wilmington 10" http://wunc.org/post/naacp-leader-calls-governor-pardon-wilmington-10 <p style="line-height: 15px; margin: 0px 0px 0.75em; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(162, 191, 228);">The head of the state's NAACP is asking Governor Perdue to pardon ten activists who were convicted of arson in the midst of racial tensions in Wilmington in 1972. Tue, 27 Nov 2012 22:25:00 +0000 Jessica Jones 5418 at http://wunc.org