Mark Rabil

Wake Forest law students, faculty and alumni travel to Atlanta to protest execution

A group of Wake Forest University law students, professors and alumni will join a march on Friday, Sept. 16, in downtown Atlanta to protest the execution of Troy Davis. Continue reading »

Innocence and Justice Clinic Director Mark Rabil calls for restoring fairness to SBI lab

A judge should not have to order a scientist to prepare an accurate report for use in a murder case. That should just come naturally to the scientist. Unfortunately, our North Carolina SBI crime lab does not believe in this basic principle. Our SBI lab believes that prosecutors, defense lawyers and judges should comb through volumes of policies and procedures in order to predict what an SBI lab analyst will say in court. Continue reading »

Hickory death-penalty lawyer Lisa Dubs (’87) is earning the spotlight

Tears welled in Lisa Dubs’ eyes as the Mecklenburg jury acquitted her client of murdering his pregnant fiancee. Her voice cracked as she hugged Michael Mead. Continue reading »

Changes would require authorities to turn over sooner potential evidence

RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina is poised to strengthen a state law requiring prosecutors to share everything in their files in all felony cases, a practice called open discovery. Continue reading »

Innocence and Justice Clinic Co-Director Mark Rabil speaks out regarding Racial Justice Act

House Republicans filed a bill Monday that would effectively nullify the Racial Justice Act that was signed into law in 2009. Continue reading »

Critics target N.C. bill limiting DAs evidence risk

RALEIGH, N.C. — More people will be wrongly convicted if lawmakers decide to ease the pressure on prosecutors to collect and disclose crucial investigative details, critics said Monday. Continue reading »

The Beverly Hillbillies and racial justice

I was a little nervous the first time I went to see Darryl Hunt in the county jail in 1984. Here was this black guy charged with the most horrible murder in recent memory, right in downtown Winston-Salem, not far from my apartment in the West End. Continue reading »

Innocence and Justice Clinic co-director files brief supporting inmates with legitimate claims of innocence

Professor Carol Turowski, co-director of the Wake Forest University School of Law Innocence and Justice Clinic, moderated a press conference on Monday where criminal defense attorneys, respected academics, crime victims and several of the wrongly convicted gathered in downtown Raleigh to ask that North Carolina reexamine the way death sentences are handed down. Continue reading »

Stephen Bright, president of the Southern Center for Human Rights, helps commemorate the passage of the N.C. Racial Justice Act

Cameron Todd Willingham was executed in Texas after serving 12 years in prison for arson. The fire, which caused the death of his three young daughters, was an accident, The New Yorker recently reported. Continue reading »

Jailed for 16 years, N.C. man declared innocent of murder

A North Carolina man who insisted that he was innocent of murder through more than 16 years in prison was declared a free man yesterday after a groundbreaking exoneration pressed by the nation’s only statewide innocence panel. Read the full story »