NC Supreme Court To Hear 'Life' Inmates Case

North Carolina's highest court plans to hear arguments in the case of two convicted murderers who contend their "life" sentences are now complete.

Supreme Court clerk Christie Cameron said Tuesday that justices have expedited the schedule for written filings and that oral arguments could be held in February.

Justices are keeping inmates Faye Brown and Alford Jones behind bars while the state appeals two rulings that said they should be freed. Meanwhile, a third lower court judge has said an inmate in a similar situation should stay in prison.

Several dozen inmates sentenced to life between 1974 and 1978 received terms defined as no more than 80 years long. Some of them contend sentence-reduction credits mean they've completed their time behind bars.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Anonymous on Dec 24, 2009 at 01:57 AM
    When you take another person's life in a situation other than self defense the penalty should be death, PERIOD. I think they should be sentenced to death by fireing squad and be exicuted within 24 hours.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 23, 2009 at 06:32 AM
    Life in prison is far better than what the victims recieved from these people. Lets interview those harmed. Oh wait ... we can't ...they're dead.
  • by kelly Location: wilson on Dec 23, 2009 at 06:10 AM
    the officer got death, why didnt she? she needs to ROTT in there. why is this even being discussed any way?
  • by Chris Location: greenville on Dec 22, 2009 at 09:14 PM
    life means you leave prison in a casket .....end of story .NEXT CASE!!!!!
  • by you Location: greenville,n.c. on Dec 22, 2009 at 07:56 PM
    I've wrote before.Keep them in jail where they belong.My sister was murdered and until it happens to you, then no one knows how people. Keep the murders in jail. I don't want any of them being my neighbor,
  • by lin Location: martin county on Dec 22, 2009 at 02:28 PM
    to HELLO: I think the death penalty was changed to life when some idiot came up with the idea that death was cruel and unusual punishment. Since the death penality was unconstitutional anyone sentenced to death their sentence was converted. This gave them a second chance. no they do not deserve a chance to go free. if the judge decides that, make it mandatory that the ones they free has to live with the judge and family for one year. bet they would not walk then. please excuse my spelling. sometimes I just can not spell correctly.
  • by HELLO Location: goldsboro,nc on Dec 22, 2009 at 02:00 PM
    Can anyone tell me how Faye Brown went from a death sentence to life?In the 70"s and I still think it is the law,anytime a member of law enforcement is murdered it is automatic death sentence.She was given that death sentence,so why is she fighting to get out.Old laws,new laws,DEATH IS DEATH.There should be no change to this law for the ones that protect and corrects us when needed.
  • by B Location: G-Vegas on Dec 22, 2009 at 01:07 PM
    Wonder who will be held responsible if they are freed and then suddenly go missing....
  • by debra Location: kinston on Dec 22, 2009 at 01:01 PM
    Having had a child that was murdered, I think I have the right to say...anyone that has murdered, raped, or hurt a child..should be put to death and not cost taxpayers money or have a SECOND CHANCE. My child sure didnt. Anyone that has the authority to "ok" this crazy mess, should have it happen to their child. I know that's not very christian like and I don't REALLY hope that happens, but IF IT DID - they wouldnt be so quick to go along with this ridiculous nonsense next time. This just BURNS ME UP !
  • by Judi Location: Greenville on Dec 22, 2009 at 11:27 AM
    I certainly hope the court decides in favor of the public's safety. Punishment intended for life means life not part of one. The victims of these horrific crimes don't get a second chance. Done!
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