Lorrin Freeman

NC election results, criminal justice edition: races for county prosecutor and sheriff

BY: - November 9, 2022

A non-comprehensive roundup of election results that will affect criminal justice across North Carolina As with every election cycle, there were many down-ballot races across North Carolina that could alter how criminal justice is meted out in the Old North State.  Despite the onslaught of campaign ads, US Senators and Representatives are not the elected […]

Wake district attorney faces spirited challenge in March 2022 primary

BY: - October 19, 2021

Challenger says Democratic incumbent is behind the times on issues like the death penalty and marijuana For the first time since winning election in 2014, Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman is facing a challenger in the 2022 Democratic primary: Damon Chetson, a criminal defense attorney who focuses on death penalty cases and high-level felonies in state and federal courts.

Are NC district attorneys a roadblock to needed criminal justice reform?

BY: - June 9, 2021

Lawmakers, civil rights groups and researchers say DAs often thwart necessary change Jim Woodall made a promise to the family of Eve Carson, the UNC-Chapel Hill student body president who was murdered in 2008. Laurence Alvin Lovette Jr., 17 years old at the time, was convicted of first-degree murder for killing Carson after a robbery attempt.

ICYMI: SEANC’s Dana Cope facing tough questions from N&O about purchases (with update on Cope resignation)

BY: - February 10, 2015

UPDATE, 2:20 p.m.: Dana Cope resigned Tuesday afternoon from his position with SEANC, saying he had “blurred the lines between my personal life and my professional life,” according to WRAL. For those who may have missed it, the News & Observer published an investigation this weekend detailing some questionable spending that’s gone at the State […]