The NC NAACP has played an integral role in exposing a pattern of prosecutorial misconduct in North Carolina, as exemplified by the case against James Johnson of Wilson, NC. Learn more at www.ncprosecutorialmisconduct.com.
Congressman G.K. Butterfield has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate charges of prosecutorial misconduct in the case of James Johnson, a young man jailed for more than three years for a murder he did not commit. Johnson now faces bogus charges of being an accessory to the crime after the fact. Details on this and other developments in the Johnson case and other cases of racial discrimination in the criminal justice system of North Carolina can be found on our companion web site, www.ncprosecutorialmisconduct.com.
Click here to sign the petition for the dismissal of all charges against James Johnson.
Rev. Dr. William Barber, President of the North Carolina NAACP, shares an emotional moment with James Johnson and his mother, Beverly, shortly after young Johnson's release from Wilson County jail after three years for a crime the preponderance of the evidence indicates he did not commit. (Photo courtesy of the Wilson Daily Times.)
The national NAACP has embraced the James Johnson case. On the front page of the national website is the headline, "NAACP Demands Justice for James Johnson," urging that all charges against him be dismissed. The national site includes a fact sheet, a press release and a national petition to North Carolina Governor Mike Easley.
The NC NAACP has advocated for James Johnson since last spring.
'We' Is the most important word in the social justice vocabulary. The issue is not what we can't do, but what we CAN do when we stand together. With an upsurge in racism/hate crimes, criminalization of young black males, insensitivity to the poor, educational genocide, and the moral/economic cost of a war, we must STAND together now like never before.'