Wilmington 10 Pardoned
Updated: Monday, December 31 2012, 04:31 PM EST
North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue has pardoned the Wilmington 10. They were convicted in 1972 in the firebombing of a Wilmington store that happened after police shot an African American teenager. A federal court later overturned their convictions. In a statement, Perdue said she decided to grant the pardons of innocence because she was appalled about how their convictions were obtained. Last week, surviving members of the Wilmington 10 presented the governor with a petition. It was signed with more than 130,000 names supporting their pardon.