NC Bar Defends Judge's Ruling To Free 2 Inmates

North Carolina's Bar Association is defending a judge's decision to release two convicted murderers serving so-called life sentences that could be shortened.

State bar association president John Wester on Tuesday said criticism of Superior Court Judge Ripley Rand's decision is unfair. In a statement, Wester said Rand ruled with law in mind, despite the politcally charged situation.

The inmates are still behind bars because of an appeals court order, but that came after Rand ruled Monday the inmates could use good-time credits to truncate 80-year terms.

Gov. Beverly Perdue said Monday she was furious and disgusted with the ruling that the inmates could be freed. She said it was not how governments or courts should work for the people of the state.


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  • by Anonymous on Dec 18, 2009 at 12:26 PM
    How long do you have to be dead to be reunited with your loved ones. It just won't happen and it shouldn't be allowed for these people to be released. If they attack your family it will be on your conscience forever and a day.
  • by Bill Location: Greenville on Dec 16, 2009 at 02:13 PM
    When you are killed it is forever, when you get life it is for 30 years. I do not understand the language here. Life is until you are dead like the person you killed. Duh, what is so hard to understand about that politicians.
  • by Fred Location: Raleigh on Dec 16, 2009 at 09:21 AM
    I guess stupidity has inflation in the legislature as well. Last year stupidy was up 10 percent, however in 2009 stupidity is up a whopping 18 per cent. It would be appropriate in my opinion if these people are released that every law enforcement officer in the state go on indefinite leave until they put them back in jail. Let the criminals have their way, that is what the legislature is heading toward anyway.
  • by Me Location: Greenvill on Dec 16, 2009 at 08:52 AM
    @ Anonymous, what do a political party has to do with this. Remember it was a Republican that release the man early from prison that killed the cops in Washington State a month ago. Political pary doesnt have anything to do with either. These people should not be release but I have a strong feeling they will because they served the sentenced that was given to them. They cannot be sentence one way and then once they served that time be given another sentence. This is our legislator of that time faught. They changed the sentencing laws back then. I know Perdue is doing all she can to stop it but this is not her faught by any means. I work for the prison system and all sentencing are controlled by the legislator. I have seen many people get out because to the sentencing law in placed when they were sentenced.
  • by Joan Location: Apex/Formerly from Kinston on Dec 16, 2009 at 06:51 AM
    As the Holidays are fastly approaching, Everytime, I read about the release of this woman, WHO was sentenced to LIFE,and, on Death Row, because She took a LIFE, I get literally sick to my stomach. Law or No law, as the daughter of a Former HWP, who served His State, with courage and Honor, I send my Blessing to the Family, who will not have their loved one with them during this season. Since the Judge thinks She should be released for GOOD BEHAVIOR, It is My Wish for Christmas, That She goes and lives with HIM. May He sleep with one eye open.
  • by Joe on Dec 16, 2009 at 06:12 AM
    Of course they are going to defend him. The bar is a club of lawyers, judges are lawyers that get elected. They are all in the club together. Hello, not to mention the bar is ade up of mostly defense attorneys and this may shock you, liberals. Why si this so hard to figure out
  • by anonymous Location: williamston on Dec 16, 2009 at 06:01 AM
    Just another way to see how our court systems work.. go out and kill a law enforcement officer or citizen get free food,room and medical services and get out in a few years to do it all over again and the system says its okay..
  • by ME Location: HERE on Dec 16, 2009 at 05:52 AM
    Please explain how he had NO choice. I'm no lawyer or judge, but one would think that there was MUCH more that could have been done to keep them in there. I'd love to see some documentation on WHY they deserve to get out for good behavior and such. If you are in prison for MURDER there should be no such thing as good behavior. You apparently used that all up in the womb, IF then.
  • by Bill Location: Greenville on Dec 16, 2009 at 05:30 AM
    Be very clear folks, the judge was following the law as written by the legislature, he has no choice in this matter. The legislature has failed miserably, on this, the tax, the 400 million lost on mental health. Mike Easly was the pilot and Beverly perdue was the co-pilot for the last 8 years. The worst leadership on the planet. We have to do better. This is not a democrat or republican thing. We need better people, with character and listen to their constiuents. That would be us the taxpayer.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 16, 2009 at 05:17 AM
    I bet they are all Democrats.
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