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NAACP to discuss Wilmington 10 prosecutor’s notes

MARTHA WAGGONER
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP says newly discovered notes by the prosecutor in the Wilmington 10 case show he engaged in racial profiling to select 12 people more likely to convict.

The Rev. William Barber will hold a news conference Tuesday in Raleigh to discuss the notes taken by Jay Stroud in the case involving the burning of a white-owned grocery store after a police officer shot and killed a black teenager.

Ten activists were convicted of the arson in 1972 and jailed until being set free in 1980, when the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, VA, overturned the convictions.

The NAACP and other groups are asking Gov. Bev Perdue to pardon the activists before she leaves office in early January.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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