NYT: In Lumberton NC – “As Two Men Go Free, a Dogged
that put Henry McCollum and Leon Brown behind bars for three decades for a
hideous 1983 rape and murder was a display of brilliant courtroom theatrics.
stood 6-foot-6 and came to be known as America’s “Deadliest D.A.,” asked jurors
to try to hold their breath for five minutes — the time it took the 11-year-old
victim to choke to death, after her killer stuffed her panties down her throat
with a stick — to get a small sense of the horror she experienced.
penalty convictions Mr. Britt won over almost two decades.
inconsistent, soon recanted, confessions from two mentally impaired teenagers
who said they had been coerced to sign statements written by interrogators, and
testimony by an informer who previously did not implicate the two. They were
overturned last week, and Mr. McCollum and Mr. Brown were exonerated and set
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