by Sam Hieb
Forsyth District Attorney Jim O’Neill made it official yesterday —-he is running for N.C. attorney general. O’Neill’s announcement comes the same day incumbent Attorney General Roy Cooper announced he is running for governor.
According to the Winston-Salem Journal, O’Neill said his “top priority would be to fix the delays of the State Crime Lab, calling them ‘unconscionable.'” O’Neill also said he “would also carry out the will of the people in death penalty cases and direct resources to defending murder convictions so that victims’ families can have closure.”
What is the will of the people in death penalty cases? A recent poll by High Point University and —yes— the N&R— shows 72 percent of NC residents favor the death penalty for “some crimes.”