NC Man's First Day Of Freedom Involves Technology

TiVo, cell phones, the Internet and even that men's undergarment called the boxer brief -- all caught Greg Taylor off guard after spending more than 16 years in North Carolina prisons for a murder he didn't commit.

Taylor also maintained part of his regular prison routine, such as an upper-body workout. But on this Thursday, his view was a wall of mirrors at the Durham gym, not the busy highway and guard tower that sat outside Nash Correctional Institute.

Thursday was the first full day of freedom for the 47-year-old Taylor, whom three judges had declared innocent a day earlier of the murder of a prostitute in Raleigh in 1991. The groundbreaking exoneration was the result of the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission, which had recommended Taylor's case for judicial review.

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  • by somebody Location: edenton on Feb 20, 2010 at 10:27 AM
    i worked in the prison system and if it wasnt for the correctional officers breaking the rulesand bringing in cell phones drugs and other things it would be a whole lot better i seen the wrongful beatings and mistreatment of prisoners but was told to just keep my mouth shut
  • by Jeff Location: Ayden on Feb 20, 2010 at 03:33 AM
    Very good point ace...
  • by justice on Feb 19, 2010 at 02:53 AM
    Sixteen years! There needs to be an investigation as to what caused this man to be jailed for 16 years. If someone in law enforcement, or DA , or judge, knowingly did something wrong, they should get their own 16 years and have to pay this man, NOT from the taxpayers either. If someone lied on this man, they should get 16 years, and everything they own sold to pay this man.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 18, 2010 at 10:56 PM
    Hey anon, I guess you don't know what a boxer brief is. Take a trip to the store and find out. That's not the same as boxer shorts.
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Feb 18, 2010 at 07:20 PM
    If a person has to take time off work and their busy schedule to serve on jury duty then a panel of judges should not have the authority to declare someone innocent. On the other hand if this is true then why can't the same judges decdlare someone guilty? They should have to go back infront of jury and let them deside.
  • by Anonymous Location: enc on Feb 18, 2010 at 07:18 PM
    newsflash- all they wear in prison is boxers and theres just as many cell phones in there as there are on the street
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Feb 18, 2010 at 05:14 PM
    This happens more than anyone in the justice system would ever want to admit? For so many cops, prosecutors and jurors, the system has become more about building positive records and viciously going after anyone who is suspected in order to make sure they get a pound of someone's flesh....even if it is the wrong someone.
  • by dave on Feb 18, 2010 at 04:55 PM
    its a shame that this man spent 16 years in prison for a crime he didnt commit. convicted from the testimony of a jail house snitch that was looking at 25 years for being habitual felon.he has about 10 felony charges and numerous misdemeanor charges.

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