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The drumbeat of innocence: Another wrongfully convicted man is freed
The drumbeat of innocence: Another wrongfully convicted man is freed

A few weeks ago, North Carolina freed two half-brothers from prison — one from death row — after 30 years because the men were innocent of the murder for which they were convicted. Now the state has released another man who spent 38 years in prison, again because he was innocent of the crime for which he was convicted. The first impulse is to think, what’s wrong with North Carolina? It turns out there’s something right about North Carolina: The state has a permanent Innocence Inquiry Commission devoted to trying to unscramble bad convictions. The state bears responsibility for the original miscarriage of justice, but that North Carolina understands that there has...

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