Law

Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon April 29, 2013

The Innocence Project

Darryl Hunt and his attorney, Mark Rabil.

Winston Salem man Darryl Hunt spent nearly two decades in prison for a murder he did not commit. In 1985 the 19-year-old black man was charged with assaulting, raping and stabbing to death Deborah Sykes, a young white newspaper reporter. After DNA results proved his innocence in 1994, it till took 10 years of legal appeals until his was finally exonerated in 2004. This case and others like it is part of the work of The Innocence Project. Their mission is to assist prisoners who can be proven innocent through DNA testing - and so far claim more than 300 success stories in the U.S., 18 of those people served time on death row. We'll talk about wrongful convictions, the work of The Innocence Project, life after exoneration, race and injustice in the courtroom and the impact of the repeal of the Racial Justice Act, when Charlotte Talks. (This show was pre-recorded earlier this month.)

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Local Politics
7:01 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Cabarrus Co. Register Of Deeds Controversy Appears Near Resolution

Ben Small was elected Register of Deeds but has been unable to hold the position because he has not been able to obtain a $50,000 bond required by state law to hold the position.
Credit Courtesy of Independent Tribune

After more than a month of controversy, Cabarrus County will finally have a new Register of Deeds. The county's Republican Party announced a new nominee for Register of Deeds on Friday. 

The Register of Deeds keeps the records of births, deaths, marriages -- all kinds of important public records. The man who was elected to that office in Cabarrus County, Ben Small, had a shortcoming.

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