New Report Names Former North Carolina Prosecutor Among Top Five Deadliest Prosecutors in America

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"New Report Names Former North Carolina Prosecutor Among Top Five Deadliest Prosecutors in America." Wilimington Journal [Wilmington, NC]. June 30, 2016

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Former prosecutor Joe Freeman Britt of Robeson County was identified as one of the five deadliest prosecutors over the last 40 years, with more than 35 death sentences.

The article focuses on a report and findings saying that the five prosecutors were overzealous and drove up death sentencing in their counties and states.

The report noted that Britt had misconduct found by courts in 37 percent of his death penalty cases. It was also noted that death sentences declined dramatically when Britt left office.

The report mentions four other prosecutors in detail, but Joe Freeman Britt is the only one relevant to the Lumbee community. 

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