Raleigh, North Carolina- Gov. Beverly Perdue issues pardons of innocence for the Wilmington 10 on Monday Dec. 31, 2012.
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On February 1971, in Wilmington North Carolina, 10 people were charged for a firebombing, conspiracy and arson, and convicted in 1972. The ten were incarcerated while supporters pursued appeals. The case of the Wilmington Ten received international condemnation as a political prosecution. In December 1980, the Federal Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a new trial and overturned the original conviction.
In 1978 Amnesty International described Benjamin Chavis and seven others of the Wilmington Ten still in prison as “American political prisoners” under the definition of the Universal Rights of Man. They were prisoners of conscience.
From this experience Benjamin Chavis wrote two books: An American Political Prisoner Appeals for Human Rights (while still in prison) and Psalms from Prison. In 1978, Chavis was named as one of the first winners of the Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award.
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