Bringing The World Home To You

© 2021 WUNC North Carolina Public Radio
120 Friday Center Dr
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
919.445.9150 | 800.962.9862
91.5 Chapel Hill 88.9 Manteo 90.9 Rocky Mount 91.1 Welcome 91.9 Fayetteville 90.5 Buxton
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Law

Former Chief Justice Who Pushed For Innocence Process Dies

North Carolina State Supreme Court Chief Justice I. Beverly Lake Jr. speaks on the phone in his office, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2006 in Raleigh, N.C.,
Karen Tam
/
AP

The conservative North Carolina chief justice who led the way for the state's unique innocence process has died at age 85.

His son-in-law, Tom Neal, said I. Beverly Lake Jr. died Thursday at the retirement center where he lived.

Lake was chief justice when a string of high-profile wrongful convictions in North Carolina caught his attention. In 2002, he convened a commission to review how innocent people are convicted and how to free them.

That led to the establishment of the N.C. Innocence Inquiry Commission, whose work has resulted in exonerations of 12 people.

Chris Mumma is executive director of the private, nonprofit N.C. Center on Actual Innocence. She says Lake had a courage to do the right thing that few politicians have.

More Stories