The state's trial lawyers association lambasted Gov. Bev Perdue for her public criticism of a judicial decision involving inmate sentenced to life terms in the 1970s.
Perdue attacked the state court system Monday, hours after a Superior Court judge ruled that two inmates sentenced to life in the 1970s were due for release because of recent court rulings and credits for good behavior, Mandy Locke reports.
Perdue expressed anger and told reporters that "government and the courts" were not supposed to work this way.
David Pishko, president of the N.C. Advocates for Justice, an association of trial lawyers, said in a statement that Perdue's comments were "unacceptable."
"It is entirely unacceptable for Governor Perdue to attempt to pressure trial judges and appellate judges by her irresponsible remarks. Matters of law such as these issues should be determined based on the constitution, the law and the facts. Governor Perdue’s remarks appear to be an intolerable effort to sway the trial courts and appellate courts to get a result she wants rather than a result mandated by the law."
Update: A spokeswoman for the governor said that the state has appealed the Monday's court ruling, a right prescribed in the justice system.
"Allowing these inmates out would be the first time in North Carolina history that anyone sentenced to life would be released without the review and recommendation of the parole commission," Chrissy Pearson, a spokeswoman for Perdue said. "The governor continues to believe this is not how government is supposed to work and this is not the right move for the North Carolina justice system or the people of North Carolina."