Greg Taylor spent 17 years in prison for a murder he did not commit.

A precedent setting hearing set him free and rocked North Carolina’s criminal justice system.

This landmark case highlights a groundbreaking legal process needed nationwide. The time is now.

How criminal justice
reform freed Greg Taylor

Greg Taylor spent 17 years in prison
for a brutal murder he did not commit.

A precedent setting hearing set him free and rocked
North Carolina’s criminal justice community.

This landmark case highlights a groundbreaking
legal process needed nationwide.

 

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Reaching this goal will give us the funds we need to complete the film. Then we can release it into the world and begin having an impact on criminal justice reform!

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In Pursuit of Justice, set in North Carolina, is a criminal justice documentary with a unique answer to wrongful convictions nationwide.

The Taylor Family

Greg Taylor, his parents, sister, and younger brother

Our story begins September 25, 1991, when Greg, out partying with a friend, Johnny Beck, gets his truck stuck in a muddy field. At 3:30AM, as they walk out of the field, they pass the brutally beaten body of Jacquetta Thomas. Fewer than 18 hours later, both are arrested for Jacquetta’s murder.

Greg and his family fought the system for 17 years. They sacrificed hours of time, spent over $130,000, and were denied at every judicial level. Without hope, Greg steeled himself to spending the rest of his life in prison.

Meanwhile, conservative North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice I. Beverly Lake, Jr. and his law clerk, Chris Mumma, were examining the causes of wrongful convictions. Their work led a politically divided state legislature to establish the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission – a state supported, independent agency that has the power to completely investigate claims of innocence. Greg’s case is historic – he’s the first person in the country to be freed through this unique legal process.

Greg’s story teaches us wrongful convictions can happen to anyone, and there are effective, reasonable reforms that can dramatically improve our criminal justice system. Each one of us is also a potential juror with a obligation to understand how our legal system works, the weaknesses that need strengthening in that system, and how our decisions can impact others’ lives.

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Steve Eller
Marjorie Jamback
Beth Beale & Diane Spaugh
Dr. David Bland
Tom Condon
Roberta Farr
Michael McKenzie
Pat Reck
Anonymous
Leslie & Dick Jamback
Suzy McCalley
Jonathan Burdette
Susan Ott
Judi Wallace
Scott Money
Susan Brittain
Shirley Fly
Mike Mabe
Sonia & Ed Crandall
Avery Church
Roxanne Howe-Murphy
Joan Wright
Tanya Gregory
Ann Zimmerman
Randy Melson
Carolyn Bartlett
Carol Zeil & Don Kautz
Mignon Dobbins
Beth Bailey
Jean & Gary Isaac
Diane Behar & Doreen Hughes
Dianne & Jim Campbell
Anne & Charlie Wilson
Terrence Harmon
Jennifer Smith
Tory Gillette
Piper Millsaps
James & Shelia Wallace
Anne “Cookie” Wilson
Elizabeth Long
Jacqui Carrasco & David Ford
David Ball & Susan Pochapsky
Anne Rainey Rokahr
Melody Thomson
Philip “Opie” Kirby
Gayle Anderson & W. Carey Hedgepeth, Jr.
Ann & Gerry Hopkins
Tomi Melson & Sam Sanger
Deborah & Charles Wallace
Jill Balogh
Caron Armstrong
Donna Hampton & Rick Jones
Ingrid Stabb
Gilson Lincoln
Andi Ostberg
Kate & David Lambeth
Sharon Wilmoth
Patricia Johansson
Becky Taylor
Richard Reidy
David Holt
Campbell University Law School
Catie Armstrong
Earnestine Boles
Jo Anne Clayton
Elaine David
Nancy David & Laurin Stroud
Ben Fyten
Warren Jones
Jeff MacIntosh
Piper Millsaps
Mark Rabil
Ron Short
Kristen Ostberg
Adrienne Ostberg-Pool
Herman Schmid & Cindy Naylor
Dick & Leslie Jamback
Karen Jo Miller
Judith Porter
Chris & Jack Ritchie
Annmarie Pantazis
Jane North
Jill Gardner
Catherine Hendren
Kevin Mundy
Anne Rainey Rokahr
Ken Otterbourg
AJ Prada
Anne Rainey Rokahr
Lois Roewade
John & Victoria Ceneviva
Virginia Reidy
Cathy & David Hurd
Steve Lineberger
Julee Rose
Jeanie & Alex Wilson
Tarina Whitfield
Helen & Earl Scott
Susan Appt & Erik Rasmussen
Clark Long
Janet & Josh Loew
Richard Reidy
Eleonor Sandresky
Carole Stuart
Max Smith
Megan Shuford
Robert Egleston
Leadership Winston-Salem
Jack & Susan Campbell
Gayle Anderson & W. Carey Hedgepeth, Jr.
Eddy & Jackie Taylor
Maureen & Rob Hall
Linda McDermott
Jennifer O’Kelly
Suzanne & Matt Case
Margaret Elliott & Ann Shoffner
Lauren & Sean Maxwell
Thomas Davis

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NEXT OPEN EVENTS:
We’re taking a little time to work on the film so we don’t have any events scheduled.
But, depending on our progress, we may have a screening in late January so you can catch up on our progress.
It’s exciting!