The Whipping Case in Albemarle County
September 3, 1866
Governor Pierpoint was accused of unequal punishment based on race. Seven people were to be punished with stripes (whipping) in Albemarle county, but the Governor allowed the only white felon to be let off, while still requiring all black defendants to be whipped. The paper defends the Governor saying it was only coincidence that is occurred this way, and apologized for previous reports on the case which suggested otherwise.
The Whipping Case in Albemarle County We published a few days since a letter from Albemarle, which was unjust to Governor Pierpoint. It left the impression that several negroes and a white man having been condemned to be punished by stripes, the Governor had pardoned the former and allowed the law to take its course in regard to the latter. The facts are, that seven persons, all black save one, were sentenced to undergo this kind of punishment. Application was made to the Governor by counsel and also by respectable citizens for the remission of the stripes, and the court allowed a period of ten days to hear the result of the application. One old negro woman was pardoned on account of her extreme old age, a girl because she was only sixteen, and a boy on account of his youth. If the other negroes were not punished, It was no fault of the Governor. We suppose that our correspondent, who is a reliable gentleman, was not fully acquainted with the facts. We are sure that he would not willingly do injustice to any man.
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