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February 26, 2024 9:44 am

Opinion | What Does the Death Penalty Really Cost North Carolina?

In March, an appeals court affirmed the historic $75 million in damages that a jury granted to Henry McCollum and Leon Brown, brothers who were sentenced to death in Robeson County in 1983 and spent 30 years in prison for a murder they didn’t commit, and who’s case was plagued by systemic racism.

Watchdog or Lapdog? New GOP Court Filings Test the Independence and Legitimacy of the NC Supreme Court | Opinion

There are many factors that go into building and sustaining a strong and healthy democracy: free, clean and transparently funded elections; inclusive suffrage; freedom of speech and association; an independent news media; predictable and reliable law enforcement; and an absence of widespread corruption.