Hickory Daily Record: Opinion: Wrongly imprisoned, release is not exoneration

“Since the time of the shocking announcement back in 2008 that Glen Edward Chapman, a resident of Hickory, had been released from death row after 14 long years because the evidence against him was so scant, I have been perplexed by the deafening community silence surrounding this case.

Glen Edward … Shhhhh! He had been convicted in 1994 of the murders of Betty Jean Ramseur and Tenene Yvette Conley. In November 2007, Glen was granted a new trial by Superior Court Judge Robert C. Ervin.

Subsequently, it was decided that there was not even enough evidence for a new trial. The DA’s office simply threw out the case.
So how does this man regain his dignity? How will the community give humanity back to a being who has been cruelly dehumanized? Has Glen been exonerated or merely released?

I believe that Glen deserves the best life has to offer him. Glen deserves the best America has to offer him. Glen deserves the best that Hickory has to offer him. He’s been released from death row, but not exonerated.”

Full editorial here: Wrongly imprisoned, release is not exoneration


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