Wilmington Ten

The Wilmington Ten were nine young men and a woman, who were convicted in 1971 in Wilmington, North Carolina of arson and conspiracy, and served nearly a decade in jail. The case became an international cause célèbre, in which many critics of the city's actions characterized the activists as political prisoners.

Amnesty International took up the case in 1976 and provided legal counsel to appeal the convictions. In 1980 in Chavis v. State of North Carolina, 637 F.2d 213 (4th Cir., 1980), the convictions were overturned by the federal appeals court, on the grounds that the prosecutor and the trial judge had both violated the defendants' constitutional rights.

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... Teele provided pro bono services to the defendants in the Wilmington Ten which was the most prominent civil rights case in America during the 1970s ... Teele met with the attorneys for the Wilmington Ten as well as attorneys and administrative staff of North Carolina Attorney General Rufus Edmisten ... the federal courts ordered a new trial for the Wilmington Ten, and Attorney General Edmisten dropped all charges after hearing appeals from Teele and others permitting the Wilmington Ten ...
Wilmington Ten - Representation in Other Media
... Films Laura Colatuno, The Wilmington Ten A Story Retold (2003), documentary film made by a University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) student ... In 2009 Francine DeCoursey was developing The Wilmington Ten Justice Denied … Justice Interrupted …, a documentary on the case ... Books Larry Reni Thomas, Rabbit! Rabbit! Rabbit! A Fictional Account of the Wilmington Ten Incident of 1971 ...
Benjamin Chavis - Career - Wilmington Ten
... Chavis was assigned to Wilmington, North Carolina in 1971 from the Commission for Racial Justice to help desegregate the public school system ... The ten were incarcerated while supporters pursued appeals ... The case of the Wilmington Ten received international condemnation as a political prosecution ...

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