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ORANGE COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Gov. Bev Perdue spoke publicly today for the first time since granting pardons of innocence for the Wilmington 10 Monday.

During a visit to a school in Orange County, Perdue said she is “proud of the decision, and I stand by it.”

“I think the criminal justice system’s main purpose is to be fair and to ensure that all of us get a really fair, good trial based on evidence, not based on race or any kind of prejudice against our sex or our religion, and if you read some of the trial notes, clearly there was overt prejudice and racism involved in the Wilmington 10,” Perdue said. “These men and one woman have been persecuted for more than four decades, and it was time to right this wrong.”

Perdue’s term as governor ends Saturday when Pat McCrory takes the oath of office in a private ceremony.


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    May 12, 1977 Wilmington Star News – Burgaw – “Allen R. Hall Wednesday angrily denounced the Wilmington 10 arson-conspiracy convictions as a frame-up and said he acted alone in burning down a white-owned grocery store during racial unrest in 1971.”

    Continued on Page 2A http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1454&dat=19770512&id=wrUsAAAAIBAJ&sjid=KBMEAAAAIBAJ&pg=5424,2033895

  • Citizen of the Republic

    The Guv aka Beverly the demented, just made a small down payment to her fan base for the future.

    As a Governor, she was a total failure.

    Remember her comments about suspending elections for “the good of the country”?

    Just remember this when another Democrat wants the job. Will they too wait until the last hour, and grant concessions to The Reverend Barbour and the irrelevant NAACP.

    When the money runs out, and common sense see’s a rise, she and her party will still pander, and grovel at the feet of the NC church activist that carries his own tent on his shoulders.

    Revoke the tax exemptions for church’s that promote political activism instead of service to God.

  • GuestGeorge

    Is Bev Perdue,by chance,related to Brian Berger?No wonder every thing political is in such a mess.We have so much incompetense in elected office,from local to Washington.

  • Guestarticulatore

    Absolutely, fireman joe…. in 1898 there was a legitimately elected city government which was violently overthrown.

  • Guesttenheimer

    …and what they find behind them will be empty nothingness. It’s what they deserve.

  • Is that you can’t go back and persue a court case against anyone involved in the 1898 riots because no one is alive now, but you CAN hold Wilmington 10 accountable because (most) are still alive.

    It was all about money from the beginning…it makes me sick because I lived through the fear and war-mongering that they stirred in our town. Now they will be rewarded for it. Disgusting.

  • Angewidert

    I knew someone would finally climb out from under a rock and try to justify the actions of the Wilmington 10 based on the “massacre of 1898”.

    Two wrongs don’t make a right.

    Now crawl back under your rock.

  • SurfCityTom

    going to foot the bill.

    Let the incoming administration, which already faces mountainous fiscal issues she and Easley created, to foot the bill.

  • fireman joe

    Most people are goin to be shocked when the movie Wilmington on Fire comes out. Its about the massacre of 1898 when wilmington was mostly african american . Groups of white mobs tried to wipe out african americans in the city burning black business and homes. Wilmington 10 was nothing compared to this!!!!

  • PublicAvenger

    So proud, she waited till the 11th hour, to do it. Today, Justice suffered at the hands of a Political Payoff.

  • B m

    Beverly you are a fool, now you have turned these criminals loose on us again, since you commuted them they will be able to pry on the public once again, with the same priveleges any other conscious law abiding citizen does, glad to see this state finally getting rid of retarded politicians one by one.

  • Guest CommonTater

    It seems ole Willie Vereen is seeking compensation. That pretty much opens the door for all of them to do the same. Hey bev….. you willing to foot the bill here? I thought not. Yet another skid mark for your reign…. pfft.

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