More Wilmington 10 members to ask for pardons

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Surviving members of the Wilmington 10 are making another trip to Raleigh to present to North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue more names of people who want her to declare them formally innocent.

A group backing their pardons planned Thursday to present more than 130,000 petition names from an Internet-based campaign to a Perdue representative. Benjamin Chavis. Three other living Wilmington 10 members were expected to participate. Pardon backers gave Perdue’s office 14,000 names earlier.

Nine black men and one white woman were convicted in 1972 in the firebombing of a Wilmington grocery that occurred after the police shooting of a black teenager. Then-Gov. Jim Hunt commuted their sentences and a federal court later overturned their convictions.

Perdue could rule on the requests before she leaves office Jan. 5.

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