Media outlets want details on wrongful imprisonment public

RALEIGH, NC (AP) – Media organizations want a federal judge to make public the details about a child murder investigation that led to two brothers being wrongfully imprisoned for three decades and the monetary settlement with investigators.

Several outlets including The Associated Press asked Friday to intervene in the civil lawsuit filed by Henry McCollum and a representative of his brother, Leon Brown.

The organizations’ lawyer also wrote the judge asking him to prevent from being sealed documents related to the lawsuit and a settlement between the brothers and the Robeson County town where the murder of an 11-year-old girl occurred in 1983.

The brothers were freed in 2014 after DNA evidence indicated that another man raped and killed the girl. They were later pardoned and the state awarded them $750,000 each.

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