Thursday, June 4, 2015

North Carolina: Pardons of Innocence

The governor's office released the following statement today:

“Today, I announce that I am granting pardons of innocence to Henry McCollum and Leon Brown. 

“As with all pardons of innocence, both pardon applications for Mr. McCollum and Mr. Brown were thoroughly reviewed by the Office of Executive Clemency, my legal team, and the Clemency Committee.

 “Many individuals were contacted and interviewed, and I met personally with Mr. McCollum and Mr. Brown.

"It is difficult for anyone to know for certain what happened the night of Sabrina Buie’s murder. My deepest sympathies go out to the family of Sabrina Buie for what they have endured.

 “I know there are differing opinions about this case and who is responsible. This has been a comprehensive and thoughtful process during the past nine months. Based on the available evidence I’ve reviewed, I am granting pardons of innocence to Henry McCollum and Leon Brown. It's the right thing to do.”

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