At a news conference Friday afternoon, New Hanover County Commission Chair Woody White called for Brian Berger’s resignation. The call came after a series of recent incidents that have heightened concerns about the safety of county staffers and what some are calling Berger’s deteriorating mental condition.
A hearing for a marine charged with desecrating human casualties in Afghanistan was held yesterday at Camp Lejeune. Sgt. Richard Roberts is accused of filming footage of four marines urinating on deceased Taliban fighters in 2011. WHQR’s Sara Wood reports while the video shocked viewers when it appeared on YouTube in 2012, Roberts’ attorney says the marine’s act was a coping mechanism.
Over 70 university professors from across North Carolina have signed a letter opposing a bill that will make amendments to the state’s death penalty law. Republican Senator Thom Goolsby of New Hanover County is the primary sponsor of the bill. His bill would lift the moratorium on the death penalty in North Carolina. WHQR’s Jessica Ferrer reports that it would also overturn the Racial Justice Act, a law enacted to investigate the impact of racial bias in capital sentencing.