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James Payne - Vote 'no' to amendment to waive jury trial
September 15, 2014

By W. James PayneFor StarNews Media Published: Friday, September 12, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.   W. James Payne     When North Carolina citizens go to the polls this November, they will be asked to vote on an amendment to the State Constitution that would allow defendants facing felony charges to forego a jury trial in favor of a bench trial. A bench trial is a trial by judge as opposed to a trial by jury. In a bench trial, the judge alone has sole discretion to determine the defendant's guilt or innocence. The proposed amendment, which was ...
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The Takeaway: Death Penalty Debate Reignited After DNA Exonerates Two N.C. Men
September 06, 2014

nbsp;     Enlarge Leon Brown (via James Payne Law) The emergence of new information proved to be a game changer in the state of North Carolina—more than 30 years after being sentenced to death, Henry Lee McCollum and his half-brother Leon Brown emerged from prison as free men on Wednesday. DNA evidence uncovered by the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission exonerated McCollum and Brown of the 1983 rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl, Sabrina Buie, in Red Springs, North Carolina. A positive DNA match connects a man named Roscoe Artis to the crime& ...
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PortCityDaily: Attorney for man exonerated after 30 years in prison: ‘The justice system ultimately worked’ (LISTEN)
September 06, 2014

September 5, 2014 By Caroline Curran When Leon Brown, 46, and his half-brother Henry McCollum, 50, were convicted of raping and killing an 11-year-old girl in Robeson County in 1984, Ronald Reagan was president, “The Cosby Show” had just debuted on TV, and there were no cell phones, iPads or email accounts. Superior Court Judge Douglas Sasser on Tuesday exonerated the brothers, ordering their immediate release from prison into a world with which they’re not familiar, having spent the past three decades in separate North Carolina prisons. Until his exoneration and release, McCollum was ...
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WHQR: DNA Evidence Exonerates Men after 30 Years; Justice Scalia's Death Penalty Example is Innocent
September 06, 2014

Listen to interview here.   Two innocent men, wrongly convicted thirty years ago, walked out of prison as free men earlier this week. Leon Brown and Henry McCollum signed false statements in 1983 – confessing to the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl.  The crime happened in Red Springs – a town in Robeson County of less than four-thousand people.  The two intellectually-disabled men were sentenced to death when they were 16 and 20 years old.  After five years, Brown’s sentence was altered to life in prison, but McCollum remained on Death Row. & ...
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StarNewsOnline: Man exonerated by DNA after 30 years in prison to live in Bolivia
September 04, 2014

By F.T. NortonFran.Norton@StarNewsOnline.com Published: Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 4:37 p.m. Last Modified: Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 4:37 p.m. One of two men released from prison Wednesday after serving 30 years for a child murder they didn't commit will live with his family in Bolivia. Leon Brown, 46, and his brother Henry McCollum, 50, were exonerated by DNA three decades after being sentenced to die for the 1983 rape and murder of 11-year-old Sabrina Buie in Red Springs. Brown's sentence was later changed to life in prison, but McCollum was ...
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The Guardian UK: DNA evidence could exonerate two in North Carolina death row case
September 04, 2014

nbsp; Two North Carolina men who have been behind bars for 30 years, one of them on death row, will go before a judge on Tuesday morning to present new DNA evidence of their innocence of the murder and rape for which they were convicted as teenagers in 1984. Lawyers representing Henry McCollum, who faces execution, and his half-brother Leon Brown, serving a life sentence for the brutal 1983 killing of an 11-year-old girl, will call for the pair to be released and cleared of all convictions. They will show the court recent DNA test results that exclude both men ...
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Associated Press: 2 NC men's convictions overturned in 1983 killing
September 03, 2014

nbsp; LUMBERTON, N.C. One of North Carolina's longest-serving death-row inmate and his half brother are being freed after three decades in prison after another man's DNA was discovered on a cigarette butt left near the body of a girl the siblings were convicted of killing. On Tuesday, a judge overturned the convictions of Henry McCollum, 50, and Leon Brown, 46, in the 1983 rape and murder of Sabrina Buie, citing the new evidence that they didn't commit the crime. The ruling is the latest twist in a notorious legal case that began with what defense attorneys said were coerced ...
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TIME: Judge Frees 2 North Carolina Men Imprisoned for 30 Year
September 03, 2014

nbsp; DNA evidence exonerates two half-brothers convicted of the 1983 rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl By Josh Sanburn  Sept. 2, 2014 Two half-brothers who were convicted in the 1983 rape and murder of an 11-year-old North Carolina girl were ordered free Tuesday, after a judge ruled that they had been wrongly imprisoned thanks to newly discovered DNA evidence. North Carolina Superior Court Judge Douglas Sasser overturned the convictions of death-row inmate Henry Lee McCollum, 50, and Leon Brown, 46, who had been serving a life sentence. Both men originally confessed to the rape and murder of Sabrina ...
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W. James Payne Law Firm Newsletter, Edition No. 2, June, 2014
June 06, 2014

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE W. JAMES PAYNE LAW FIRM NEWSLETTER, EDITION NO. 2, JUNE, 2014. ...
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