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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Bev Perdue Quickly Pardons Greg Taylor But Not Joseph Lamont Abbitt (NC Racism)

Bev Perdue's decision to quickly Pardon White wrongly convicted former inmate Greg Taylor while not doing so for wrongly convicted former inmates Joseph Lamont Abbitt and Erick Daniels since all three men were Exonerated based on DNA testing, further proves she is in fact one of the Most Racist Governors ever elected in the history of North Carolina Government.

Bev Perdue will jump through hoops to free White prisoners but she's determined to keep Black prisoners incarcerated until Jesus returns for the Rapture!

When an Innocent Black citizen (Male & Female) is locked up in North Carolina and later freed due to DNA testing, etc., its an "Unfortunate Accident" but when its a White citizen its considered a "Grave Injustice".

Why is this being allowed?

Where is the outcry from North Carolina's so-called Black "Leaders" and the ACLU?

How did Bev Perdue (Democrat) beat her opponent Pat McCrory (Republican) in the 2008 N.C. Gubernatorial race and become the first Female Governor in this state?

1) Dirty Politics!

2) She rode Obama's presidential bid ticket.

(Notice she had no problem endorsing Barack Obama, a Black man for political gain when it was crystal clear Hillary Clinton wouldn't beat John McCain.)

3) Bev also won because foolish "Uncle Tom" Black organizations like the Charlotte Black Political Caucus endorsed her.

Such endorsements often encourage thousands of Straight Ticket Minority Voters Black folks who don't read or carefully research a candidate's background, to cast their ballots for people like Bev Perdue and Elaine Marshall.

People who don't really give two cents about African-Americans and NEVER will!

While we're on the subject of NC Racism can anyone explain why Bev NEVER publicly addressed Wake County School Board Chair Ron Margiotta's behavior when he called Black parents "Coons"
a board meeting earlier this year?

Does her silence on this issue indicate she actually approves of Segregated Public Schools?

Inquiring minds would like to know.

If I'm wrong in my observation about Bev Perdue demonstrating Racist behavior towards North Carolina's Black citizens than prove it.

For the record just because she hired Alvin W. Keller (NC D.O.C.) and Kenneth Lay (NC Dept of Revenue), doesn't mean she loves African-Americans!

Both departments were in a HUGE mess and she needed people who would most definitely be blamed for errors White guys had previously created due to Mismanagement or Incompetence.

This is why Yes North Carolina does need the Racial Justice Act!

Thanks for checking out the videos and articles below which helps to support the main topic of this post.

NC Governor Bev Perdue Grants Pardon For Greg Taylor

Gov. Bev Perdue on Friday pardoned a man who was exonerated of a woman's murder in a groundbreaking innocence hearing in February.

A special three-judge panel found Greg Taylor innocent of the murder of Jacquetta Thomas, whose beaten body was found at the end of a Raleigh cul-de-sac in 1991. Taylor was arrested when he went to retrieve his Nissan Pathfinder from some nearby woods, where it was stuck.

He served more than 16 years in prison before the panel vacated his sentence.

A spokeswoman for Perdue said Friday that the governor was waiting for the results of tests on the clothing worn by Taylor the night that Thomas was killed. Taylor agreed in March to let Raleigh police test that clothing, saying he wanted no doubt about his innocence.

DNA results released Friday showed Taylor was innocent, Perdue spokeswoman Chrissy Pearson said. Pearson said the governor waited until the DNA results were returned because she did not want any doubt cast when she granted the pardon.

“Gregory Taylor was forced to pay a debt to society for a crime he did not commit. No amount of money can buy back those 17 years, but at least this pardon of innocence will clear his name and make him eligible to receive compensation for his unjust imprisonment,” Perdue said in a statement.

Taylor said he was on his way back from a speaking engagement in Charlotte when he got a call the news from the governor's office. He said he was elated by the news.

"It was a little bit of an emotional moment for me really," Taylor told WRAL News. "I didn't realize, I don't think, even how much this meant to me until she actually granted it."

"I would like to savor the moment for a little while," he said.

After three months of waiting to see if the governor would pardon him, Taylor admitted he was "beginning to worry a bit."

"I'm totally cleared to move on with the rest of my life and it feels good in the moment," he said.

Because of the pardon, Taylor is eligible for $750,000 in compensation for his wrongful imprisonment.

Perdue signed the pardon this afternoon in New Bern.

The Raleigh Police Department issued a statement on Friday saying the DNA tests did not provide any new evidence in the case.

"The department continues its investigation, which is progressing. Currently, two detectives are assigned to the Thomas case on a full-time basis," spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

The North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence reluctantly granted permission in March to test the Taylor's clothing Taylor.

Before 47-year-old Taylor was released from a life sentence, he said he repeatedly asked for the same kind of testing from prison to prove his innocence. His request was denied, however.

Taylor was the first exoneration resulting from the involvement of the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission, the only state-run agency in the country dedicated to investigating claims of innocence.

Taylor was already celebrating something special on Friday. It was his daughter's birthday.

"The last time I was free on my daughter's birthday, she turned 9 years old," he said.

DNA Evidence Frees Wrongly Convicted Joseph Lamont Abbitt Who Served Time For Rape

A man convicted of attacking two teenage sisters in 1991 was released Wednesday after DNA tests determined he wasn't responsible for the crime.

Joseph Lamont Abbitt, 49, convicted in 1995 in the rape of a 15-year-old girl and her 13-year-old sister, was 14 years into a life sentence.

A judge overturned the sentence during a noon hearing in a Forsyth County courtroom. An emotional Abbitt could be seen burying his head in his hands as the judge made the ruling.

Abbitt's release was the second case in five years where a person convicted of a crime in Winston-Salem was exonerated by DNA evidence.

Darryl Hunt was freed in 2004 after serving more than 19 years in prison in the death of Deborah Sykes. Sykes, a newspaper copy editor, was raped and murdered in 1984.

Hunt said he found his way thanks to his wife, his faith and compensation from the city and state. He established a program to help inmates wrongly accused and ex-offenders adjust to life after prison. Hunt said Abbitt will find his way, but it won't be easy.

Abbitt said it was Hunt's exoneration that gave him hope.

"The Hunt case -- it gave me hope," Abbitt told reporters. "I'm just like a child now. I've got to start all over again."

Abbitt said his first order of business was to spend time with his family and eat a pork chop. He wouldn't say if he planned to seek financial retribution.

Abbitt began a new life on Wednesday, and he started it off with a great meal. He said the pork chop he ate after 15 years in prison tasted even better than he remembered.

"To be able to just choose what you want, to me, it's kind of scary right now because it's something I am not used to, but I am thankful for it," Abbitt said.

Abbitt said, one day, he would like to get in touch with the victims.

"Right now, I think it's best for me to stay away, but my prayers will always be with them," he said.

"I know it's going to be a rough transition -- that's why I'm here, to help make it easier for him," Hunt said, standing by Abbitt.

Abbitt said he plans to work alongside Hunt's organization to help incarcerated people in similar situations.

Abbitt said he noticed big changes since he last drove the streets of Winston-Salem in the early 1990s. He said his jaw dropped when he saw how big Winston-Salem State University has gotten, and he said he still can't figure out how to use a cell phone or GPS device.

The Crime

The crime happened early on the morning of May 2, 1991, while the girls’ mother was at a boyfriend’s house for the night, leaving the girls unattended, according to a report from the Forsyth County District Attorney. The two girls were bound and raped at knifepoint.

The girls told police they thought the attacker was someone in the neighborhood named "Joseph."

Additional investigation revealed that Abbitt had been charged with two prior rapes in the late '80s. The District Attorney’s Office at the time reduced both charges to misdemeanor assault on a female.

Abbitt pleaded guilty to the reduced charges in both cases. The District Attorney said the similarity between the two prior rape cases and the 1991 rape led them to Abbitt, who lived two doors down from the victims, as the primary suspect in the later case.

When officers attempted to locate Abbitt for arrest and questioning, they learned that the he had fled to Texas, where he was serving time for other crimes.

Abbitt didn't testify, but said he had been at work the morning of the attack. His employer couldn't verify that detail. The girls, who had picked Abbitt out of a lineup, identified him as their attacker during the trial in 1991.

The jury convicted him of two consecutive life sentences, plus 50 years.

According to the District Attorney's report, DNA obtained from a vaginal swab of the older victim was reanalyzed in 2009. DNA was identified from the victim, the victim's boyfriend and from another male who was not Abbitt.

The District Attorney said Abbitt's case was one of 2,100 cases that had been reanalyzed, but it was the only one to have a conviction overturned as part of the program in conjunction with the Center on Actual Innocence, which spearheaded the reanalysis of the DNA evidence in the cases.

Wrongly Convicted Erick Daniels Seeks Settlement, Pardon

The family of a Durham man who spent nearly a third of his life in prison after being wrongly convicted of a crime wants Gov. Beverly Perdue to pardon him and Durham to pay for his arrest.

Erick Daniels was convicted in December 2001 of robbing a house on North Hoover Street. Although he was 15 at the time, he was tried as an adult and sent to prison because he already had an extensive juvenile record.

Daniels was released in September 2008 after a Superior Court judge ruled that the case against him was flawed. Police presented a witness with a middle school yearbook to use for a photo lineup.

His family now wants to reach a financial settlement with the city to avoid filing a wrongful arrest lawsuit. They also want Perdue to issue a formal pardon to clear his name.

"They knew my son was not a robber," said Karen Daniel, who charged her surname several years ago. "The city government has maliciously taken away my child's life."

Attorney Daron Satterfield said the family has obtained paperwork they believe proves Durham police and prosecutors also withheld evidence in the case that would have helped Daniels during his trial.

"We're not trying to lean on the city. We're trying to get the word out because, as stated, we want to ensure that no child in Durham has to endure what Erick endured," Satterfield said. "Nobody on this planet can give Erick those seven years back.. (Money is) the only way he can be wholly and fully compensated for the time he spent in jail. He can't get it back."

The Durham City Attorney's Office declined to comment Wednesday on Daniels' case or a potential lawsuit. Durham police also declined to comment.

The city is defending itself and the police department against a similar lawsuit filed by three former Duke University lacrosse players . They were charged in 2006 with sexually assaulting a stripper at a team party, but the charges were later dropped.

Daniels was arrested three weeks ago in Durham and charged with carrying a concealed weapon and drug possession. He's expected to be in court for that case in early January.

Gov Bev Perdue On Wake County Schools New Anti-Diversity Policy

Gov. Bev Perdue weighed in on the Wake County diversity debate – sort of.

Asked this week about the Wake County Board of Education's decision to end busing for socioeconomic reasons in favor of neighborhood schools, Perdue seemed to favor the old system, reports Rob Christensen.

"I am speaking as a mother and a grandmother," Perdue said after a news conference at Rex Hospital to announce a Medicaid anti-fraud effort.

"I really do believe that kids do better in a situation that prepares them for real life," Perdue said. "And real life has children who are from all economic levels."

Perdue said students should learn to live with people of other backgrounds.

"I hate busing. I know that is hard for people," Perdue said. "The bottom line for me as to be sure that every kid in every neighborhood in North Carolina, regardless of where they live, is actually able to go to a school that works and can help them be career or college-ready."

The governor doesn't have any direct influence over local assignment policies.

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Sources: Boston Herald, Huffington Post, WRAL,, WCNC, Winston-Salem Journal, McClatchy Newspapers, Youtube, Google Map

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