Saturday, April 12, 2008

North Carolina: Compensation, if Pardoned

This article recounts the story of Kirk Bloodsworth,who served nine years in prison on "death row" for the rape and murder of a 9-year-old girl. In 1993, a DNA test did not match his sperm to the semen on her undergarments and he was released. The state of Maryland has compensated Bloodsworth $300,000 for wrongful imprisonment. But the article also discusses the case of another more recently exonerated North Carolina death row inmate, Glen Edward Chapman, who "can either sue the city of Hickory or receive a Pardon of Innocence from the governor, a prerequisite for receiving compensation."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think if Chapman was found to be innocent he should receive a pardon. If he has to have Governor Easleys help it just isn't going to happen. Governor Easley has let the people of North Carolina down. I hope the next Governor of North Carolina does a better job with pardons.

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