Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Newsroom Podcast April 16 – An FBI fugitive, a land deal, and lots of questions

The Superior Court of New Hanover County just cut a $15,000 check to one of the most wanted women in the world -- to help wrap up a land deal. Now the FBI is looking into the issue to see if developers, our the court itself, broke any laws.

While researching a controversial land deal, reporters went through hundreds of pages of court documents — and found something even more surprising: a check from the Superior Court of New Hanover County, made out to Assata Shukar, a.k.a. Joanne Chesimard, one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives.

Shukar was convicted in 1977 for the execution-style murder of a New Jersey State Trooper. Two years, she escaped prison, fled to Cuba, and was granted asylum by Fidel Castro in the early 1980s. In 2013, the FBI moved Shukar onto their “Most Wanted Terrorists” list.

There are lot of questions about the court’s negotiations with Shakur – including those being asked by the FBI. But how did we get here? And what’s next? Listen to find out.

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County court brokers land deal, cuts $15,000 check to Assata Shakur, one of FBI’s most wanted

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