House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, and Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, announce late Wednesday that legislative leaders and Gov. Roy Cooper have reached a deal to repeal House Bill 2. Neither Moore nor Berger took questions, saying that part of their deal with Cooper, a Democrat, was to let the proposal speak for itself. “We certainly want to honor that agreement,” Moore said.
Concord resident James Patterson Jr., a low-level drug dealer, had served more than 14 years of a nearly 22-year sentence in federal prison when a phone call from his lawyer last summer changed his life. President Barack Obama had just commuted his sentence and would set him free last year. Patterson described his reaction to the call.