Hamilton H. Hobgood papers, 1955-1981.

Creator: Hobgood, Hamilton H.
Collection number: 4246
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Abstract: Hamilton H. Hobgood (1911-1995), of Louisburg, N.C., was a lawyer, state senator, and judge. He presided over thousands of cases in his 24 years on the North Carolina Superior Court (1955-1979), but he is best known for presiding over the racially charged Joan Little murder trial in 1975. The collection includes trial materials, committee materials, speeches, prisoners’ letters, personal correspondence, and other files of Judge Hamilton H. Hobgood. There are records, notes, and other materials for the 1975 Joan Little murder trial in Raleigh, N.C., and thousands of other trials over which he presided. Committee materials document work with the Conference of Superior Court Judges; the North Carolina Bar Association Penal System Study Committee; the Commission on Sentencing, Criminal Punishment and Rehabilitation; the Commission on Correctional Programs; and the Governor’s Crime Commission.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: . Includes Joan Little trial records, speeches, and related materials. Little was an African-American prisoner accused and acquitted of murdering a white jailer in Washington, North Carolina, in 1975. Folders 343 – 386 contain various information related to the Little’s trial such as newspaper clippings, original trial notes, and various correspondence.