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43 Years

Charles Ray Finch, 81, who is black, sued Wilson County, N.C., its former sheriff and other officers in federal court; he was convicted of murder in 1976 and sentenced to death, then spent 43 years in prison until the Duke Law School Wrongful Convictions Clinic secured his exoneration and release this year.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Charles Ray Finch, 81, who is black, brought a federal complaint against Wilson County, N.C., its former sheriff and other officers. He was convicted of murder in 1976 and sentenced to death, then spent 43 years in prison until the Duke Law School Wrongful Convictions Clinic secured his exoneration and release this year.

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