Friday, May 21, 2010
Governor Beverly Perdue (D) has granted the first pardon of her administration. It went to Greg Taylor, who was charged with murder and spent 17 years in prison before a three judge panel declared him "innocent" and had him released. Taylor is now in a position to seek $750,000 in compensation from the State. The pardon is said to be the result of the "North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission, the only panel of its kind in the country set up to investigate claims of innocence." It is reported that Governor Perdue asked for results of DNA tests on clothing before granting the pardon. See story here.
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