A truth to set them free: scenes from Robeson County

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O'Brien, William. “A truth to set them free: scenes from Robeson County.” The Other Side 25 (January-February 1989): 22-28.


Reviews several incidents of violence in Robeson County between 1986 and early 1988 that confirmed for many residents their impressions of corruption and oppression of minorities  in the criminal justice system. Well-written overviews of the shooting of Jimmy Earl Cummings by sheriff's deputy Kevin Stone; the  Robesonian hostage-taking; the death of Billy McKellan in the Robeson County jail; the murder of Lumbee attorney and Superior Court judge candidate Julian Pierce; and the roles of Joy Johnson and Mac Legerton.

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