Joan Little trial materials collection, 1975-1976.

Creator: Reston, James, 1941-
Collection number: 4006
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Abstract: Transcripts of testimony, briefs, clippings, taped interviews conducted by James Reston, and other materials relating to the trial of Joan Little, a black prisoner who was accused and acquitted of murder in the death of a white male jailer in Washington, N.C., in 1975. Reston used these materials to write “The Innocence of Joan Little” (1977). Interviewees include Golden Frinks, civil rights activist; Joan Little; Jerry Paul, defense attorney; Richard Wolf, an astrologer who helped the defense in jury selection; and three North Carolina women prisoners.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Includes testimony transcripts, briefs, clippings, and interview tapes, relating to the trial of Joan Little, an African- American prisoner accused and acquitted of murdering a white jailer in Washington, North Carolina, in 1975.