Wednesday, December 18, 2013

North Carolina: The Scarcity (and Need) for Pardon

From a Reader:

Between 1901 and 1905, North Carolina Governor Charles Brantley Aycock granted no fewer than 369 pardons. But since Governor Jim Hunt left office in 2001, pardons in North Carolina have become ridiculously rare, paralleling a similar drop-off at the federal. A chart compiled by Jeff Welty, a faculty member at the University of North Carolina School of Government, depicts poignantly the odds faced by those seeking clemency from recent North Carolina governors. Click here.

It is hard to imagine a more deserving applicant than Andrew Junior Chandler, perhaps the last still-imprisoned victim of the multiple-victim, multiple-offender satanic-ritual-abuse day-care panic of the 1980s and early ’90s. The most prominent of these bizarre cases were McMartin Preschool in Manhattan Beach, Calif., and Little Rascals Day Care in Edenton, N.C., but dozens more occurred across the country and even as far away as New Zealand and Germany.

In virtually every instance, charges were exposed as creations of ill-trained interviewers and convictions were overturned. But Junior Chandler, a bus driver in rural Madison County, North Carolina, hasn’t been so fortunate. Convicted in 1987 and victimized at every turn by the judicial system, Chandler now has to hope that Governor Pat McCrory will at last grant him clemency, either by pardon or commutation.

Details on his case can be found at and letters on his behalf can be sent to: Executive Clemency Office 4294 Mail Service Center Raleigh NC 27699-4294

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