Earlier this week, the Governor of North Carolina issued pardons for a group of people convicted 40 years ago. In October of 1972 a jury found the "Wilmington 10" guilty of firebombing a grocery store.
Nine black men and one woman ended up receiving prison sentences totaling nearly 300 years.
In November, NAACP state leaders uncovered notes from the prosecution, that they say showed an effort to keep blacks off the first jury and seat whites sympathetic to the Ku Klux Klan.
The jury that found them guilty had ten members who were white, the other two black.
Monday the governor released a statement: "I have decided to grant these pardons because the more facts i have learned about the Wilmington Ten, the more appalled I have become about the manner in which their convictions were obtained.
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