“Darryl Hunt Is Free!” Darryl Hunt Was Released From Jail 15 Years Ago Today, Christmas Eve 2003

Fifteen years ago today a miracle occurred. Darryl Hunt, an innocent man who spent nearly 20 years behind bars for the 1984 rape and murder of Deborah Sykes, was finally released from the Forsyth County jail as a crowd of Hunt’s supporters chanted, “Darryl Hunt is free! Darryl Hunt is free!

It was a joyous occasion. Hunt’s nearly 20 years of persecution, and wrongful incarceration at the hands of the WSPD and Forsyth County DA’s office was finally over.

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John Robert Hayes Awaits Another Appeal Without The Support That Darryl Hunt And Kalvin Michael Smith Received

The Winston-Salem’s Journal’s Michael Hewlett has done some excellent reporting on John Robert Hayes‘ case. On Thursday Hewlett reported that the Wake Forest Innocence and Justice Clinic filed another appeal on Hayes’ behalf.

Hewlett’s reporting reveals more improper behavior on the part of the Forsyth County D.A.’s Office in the 80s and 90s. Look closely at John Robert Hayes’ case and you will see the similarities with Darryl Hunt and Kalvin Michael Smith’s wrongful convictions.

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High Profile NYC Wrongful Conviction Case Has Parallels With John Robert Hayes’ Case

“Under the rules of ethics, prosecutors only have one mission, which is to do justice. They represent the people of the state of New York. The people of the state of New York win when the right man is convicted, and they win when the wrong man is released or acquitted.”

                – Jonathan Edelstein, Steven Odiase’s attorney, Democracy Now, 4/19/2017


Monday, Steven Odiase was released from jail after serving six years for a crime that he didn’t commit. He … Read the rest

After Ignoring Smith’s Supporters For Years, Roy Cooper Ignores The LGBTQ Community

It’s Holy Week, the most important week of the year in the Christian calendar. Even if you don’t believe in the Easter narrative, it’s still a moving story of suffering, injustice and redemption, that should move us from inaction to action. Last year this time the North Carolina NAACP went to our state’s capital to personally appeal to then Attorney General Roy Cooper, and then Governor Pat McCrory to reconsider the wrongful convictions of Dontae Sharpe and Kalvin Michael Smith. … Read the rest

Tom Keith’s New Appointment Invites Renewed Scrutiny

Former Forsyth County D.A. Tom Keith has been named acting Rockingham County District Attorney by Governor Roy Cooper. Rockingham County’s elected D.A., Craig Blitzer is currently under investigation by the SBI. It appears that Blitzer and another D.A. hired their wives for work that they didn’t actually perform.

Tom Keith told the Journal that he will serve as long as he’s needed, perhaps until the people of Rockingham County elect a new district attorney in November, 2018. The Winston-Salem JournalRead the rest

After Nearly 20 Years Behind Bars Kalvin Michael Smith Is Free At Last

The wheels of justice turn slowly. One can only imagine the mental anguish that Kalvin Michael Smith and his family have endured over the years. Kalvin Michael Smith has been waiting nearly 20 years to regain his freedom. He was convicted in 1997 of brutally assaulting Jill Marker and robbing the former Silk Plant Forest. Today’s Winston-Salem Journal has some excellent coverage of Kalvin’s case, including a timeline. For a deeper look into the case, read freekalvinnow.org.

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Darryl Hunt And Donald Trump

I was standing outside of Donald Trump’s political rally a couple of weeks ago, protesting hate, misogyny and xenophobia-when my thoughts turned to Darryl Hunt.  Standing at the corner of University and Deacon Boulevard, my gaze was on the other side of the street. Across University Parkway, to the College Plaza shopping center, where Darryl Hunt tragically took his life earlier this spring. Between anti-Fascist chants, I thought about the common denominator between Darryl Hunt and Donald Trump; the Central … Read the rest

John Robert Hayes, Another Victim Of The Forsyth County Injustice System

On March 13, Darryl Hunt’s body was found in a shopping center across from the Lawrence Joel Coliseum. That was a sad day for Winston. Darryl Hunt served nearly 20 years for a rape and murder that he didn’t commit. The Forsyth County D.A.’s Office ignored evidence that would have led them to the real perpetrator, Willard Brown. They put a collection of known liars on the stand (including a member of the KKK) and twice convinced a jury … Read the rest

Metrics Work In Baseball, They Could Work In Our Courts Too

Baseball is an old-fashioned game. It’s a game of numbers. Baseball fans have always been able to follow baseball by filling out a scorecard , charting balls and strikes, hits and errors, runs, etc. But in recent years many baseball fans have been viewing America’s pastime through the lense of advanced metrics. Today almost everything in baseball can be measured and quantified and categorized. From large pools of data patterns and strategies emerge. Not all baseball fans have embraced baseball … Read the rest

Winston-Salem Law Enforcement Got A Case Wrong And Reversed Course…This Time

Last Thursday, June 2nd the Winston-Salem Journal reported that shots were fired at Winston-Salem Police Officers while they were refueling at City Yard, off of Rams Drive. The thought of a potential “cop-killer” sniper on the loose caused  nearly every cop in town to mobilize at the nearby Gateway YWCA. The WSPD set up a temporary command center at the YWCA to deal with the threat.

It didn’t take the WSPD long to locate suspects. Three men were initially detained. … Read the rest