Page 129. " He held something called a 'voir dire' hearing, which Phil explained meant he would have to put up all the evidence about Poole before the judge, but not the jury. "

"void dire" comes from the Old French words meaning "true" and "say". http://dictionary.law.com/Default.aspx?selected=2229

In this case, void dire refers to when an attorney challenges a prospective juror due to suspicion of a bias against the attorney's case. Here, Phil meant to show Poole's evidence to the judge, but not the all-white jury, due to their obvious prejudice against Ronald and his case.

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Page 144. " My case would be referred to the North Carolina Appellate Defender's Office... "

The NC Appellate Defender’s Office provides legal representation for people either after convictions or for those who cannot afford legal representation.   Most of their work is done pro bono (at no charge).

 An link to the official NC Appellate Defender's Office is:         http://www.appellatedefender.org 

 

Map of NC Appellate Defender's Office
Public DomainMap of NC Appellate Defender's Office - Credit: © Google 2011

 

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Page 147. " A few years later, I found out David ended up getting killed trying to escape from Salisbury... "

          Located in Salisbury, this is a medium/minimum security prison to which one of Ronald’s friends was transferred.  This prison is still in use today.

Link to NC Government Prison Site:     http://www.doc.state.nc.us/dop/prisons/piedmont.htm                                                                                          

Salisbury Prison (Piedmont Correctional Institution)
Public DomainSalisbury Prison (Piedmont Correctional Institution) - Credit: © State of NC (DOC)

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Page 148. " What a blessedness, what a peace is mine, leaning on the everlasting arms "

The hymn is based on Deuteronomy 33:27. It was written by Elisha Hoffman and composed by Anthony Showalter.

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Page 149. " There was no choir at Caledonia... "

Caledonia is located in Tillery, NC.  It is the prison to which both Poole and Cotton were transferred.  This prison has a higher security level of medium/close.  Most of the prisons mentioned in Picking Cotton are still open today. 

A link to the official NC Prison page: http://doc.state.nc.us/dop/prisons/Caledoni.htm 

Caledonia (Tillery)
Public DomainCaledonia (Tillery) - Credit: © State of NC (DOC)

 

 

 

 

 

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