Mark Rabil

Criminal defense lawyers plead their case

Working as a criminal defense attorney is some of the most interesting work you’ll ever do, a panel of lawyers recently told Wake Forest University School of Law students. But it can wreak havoc with your personal life and require you to confront the shades of gray in the human character.

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Innocence and Justice Clinic Director Mark Rabil quoted in Associated Press story regarding N.C. Innocence Commission

RALEIGH (AP) — Fifteen hours after Troy Davis was executed, two men walked out of a North Carolina prison after being exonerated of a murder they had pleaded guilty to committing more than 10 years ago.N.C. Continue reading »

Innocence and Justice Clinic director, students react to Troy Davis execution

Twenty years ago, in 1991, Troy Davis was convicted of killing a police officer in Savannah, Ga. On Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, the Georgia board of pardons denied a bid to delay his execution, and state officials scheduled his death for the following day at 7 p.m. Continue reading »

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 »