The Center for Death Penalty Litigation is a non-profit law firm that provides direct representation to inmates on North Carolina’s death row, as well as consulting with and training attorneys who practice capital litigation across the state. CDPL’s commitment to representing indigent and disadvantaged defendants just as vigorously as corporate lawyers defend their highest-paying clients has saved the lives of many who faced execution. In addition to representing individual clients, CDPL spearheads litigation that addresses systemic injustices and educates the public about the death penalty. CDPL has been a leading force in dramatically reducing the number of executions in North Carolina, and has cast light on the arbitrariness and unfairness of our state’s capital punishment system.
CDPL client declared innocent, released from death row
On Sept. 2, CDPL client Henry McCollum, N.C.’s longest serving death row inmate, was exonerated. A Robeson County judge declared Henry and his brother, Leon Brown, innocent of the rape and murder for which they were sentenced to death 30 years ago. CDPL represented Henry for the past 20 years, along with attorneys from the law firm of Wilmer Hale, and the N.C. Innocence Inquiry Commission conducted substantial investigation in the case. Read about this amazing, tragic case in the N&O.
J. Kirk Osborn Award
CDPL is proud to announce that Henderson Hill is the 2014 recipient of the J. Kirk Osborn Award. We will honor Henderson with a reception on September 18th, from 6:30-9 p.m., at the home of Tye and Wanda Hunter, 817 Old Mill Road, Chapel Hill. The evening will include drinks, hors d’oeuvres, live music, and a silent auction, where guests will have the opportunity to bid on tickets to a NASCAR race, tickets to UNC sporting events, signed sports memorabilia, and much more. Tickets are sold out. Learn about Henderson’s great work and see our list of generous sponsors here.
Learn more about the death penalty. For a fuller listing, go to our Links page:
- N.C. Coalition for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
- N.C. Advocates for Justice
- Death Penalty Information Center
See Our Impact
CDPL’s staff has halted wrongful executions, helped free innocent people from death row, and exposed systemic injustices. Learn more about the work that has made CDPL a leader in addressing unfairness in capital punishment.