Governor Cooper Grants Pardon of Innocence


Today, Governor Roy Cooper granted a Pardon of Innocence for Charles Ray Finch of Wilson, who was convicted of a crime he did not commit. Finch’s pardon application was thoroughly reviewed by the Office of Executive Clemency, the Office of the General Counsel and the Governor.

“I have carefully reviewed Charles Ray Finch’s case and am granting him a Pardon of Innocence. Mr. Finch and others who have been wrongly convicted deserve to have that injustice fully and publicly acknowledged,” said Gov. Cooper.

Read the full pardon order for Charles Ray Finch.

This pardon makes Finch eligible to file a claim under North Carolina law, which allows compensation to persons wrongly convicted of felonies.



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