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McCrory signs repeal of Racial Justice Act

Posted June 19, 2013

Death Row, Death Penalty, Execution

— Gov. Pat McCrory on Wednesday signed legislation that repealing the last remnants of the Racial Justice Act while trying to restart executions in North Carolina.

The landmark Racial Justice Act, which was adopted four years ago, allowed death row inmates to challenge their sentences based on statistical evidence of racism in their trials.

Opponents said the original measure allowed virtually every death row inmate to file an appeal, even white inmates convicted of killing other whites.

Racial Justice Act backers said court hearings have already found that race played a role in jury selection in a handful of capital murder trials. If North Carolina is going to carry out the death penalty, they said, it should make sure that trials are fair.

Lawmakers reworked some aspects of the Racial Justice Act last session.

The bill also makes other administrative changes to death penalty procedures designed to comply with legal challenges to how executions are carried out. A variety of legal rulings have imposed a de facto moratoriums on executions, with the last one being carried out in 2006 .

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  • redjamison Jun 21, 12:27 p.m.

    LOL, I literally laughed at this. In order for your depiction to be accurate then by your mindset the forced sterilization of thousands of people by the Democrat party was a good thing.

    That would also go for the Democrat party's murdering and lynching of every person of color they could find during the Wilmington race riots. And calling out the militia to help.

    You Sir are the problem in NC, not them.
    Damien Thorne

    Sorry, but Democrats from that era are more in line with the ideals of today's Republicans.

    Sounds like you can take some of your own "Try to think some before your fingers point out your ignorance" advice.

  • Damien Thorne Jun 21, 9:29 a.m.

    "Shame on NC Republicans."-----jackjones2nc

    Let me guess, shame on them for not giving people convicted by a jury of their peers a way to defeat the court system?

  • Damien Thorne Jun 21, 9:27 a.m.

    "Doesn't matter too much. The current REPUBLICAN governor and general assembly are the WORST IN NC HISTORY, and they have succeeded in alienating just about everyone but the far right. You can't win elections with just the far right no matter how much you spend and who you buy. Fear, hate, ignorance, and greed are not sustainable. These guys are history, and once they've offed themselves again we'll just REPEAL EVERYTHING THEY EVER DID and move NC forward. It'll be AT LEAST another 100 years before right wingers see political power in NC again after this debacle."-----geosol

    LOL, I literally laughed at this. In order for your depiction to be accurate then by your mindset the forced sterilization of thousands of people by the Democrat party was a good thing.

    That would also go for the Democrat party's murdering and lynching of every person of color they could find during the Wilmington race riots. And calling out the militia to help.

    You Sir are the problem in NC, not them.

  • lwe1967 Jun 21, 7:22 a.m.

    As long as there is DNA evidence, video evidence, or admission of guilt, I have no problem with this. If the above evidence is there, then there should be no question that the ultimate penalty should be carried out.

  • geosol Jun 20, 5:39 p.m.

    Doesn't matter too much. The current REPUBLICAN governor and general assembly are the WORST IN NC HISTORY, and they have succeeded in alienating just about everyone but the far right. You can't win elections with just the far right no matter how much you spend and who you buy. Fear, hate, ignorance, and greed are not sustainable. These guys are history, and once they've offed themselves again we'll just REPEAL EVERYTHING THEY EVER DID and move NC forward. It'll be AT LEAST another 100 years before right wingers see political power in NC again after this debacle.

  • jackjones2nc Jun 20, 4:06 p.m.

    Shame on NC Republicans.

  • movingforward Jun 20, 3:49 p.m.

    When this type of leadership is out of office and we get someone like Governor Christie of NJ. McCroy and the GA in NC are wolfes in sheep`s clothing. But I have to remember that my dad fought to improve race relations back in the day. So I forgive you for you really do not know what you have done by voting these people in.

  • scvmcdoc Jun 20, 2:42 p.m.

    I am so sorry that you are so oppressed but keep in mind that this state has been under rule of the Democrats for the last 100+ years.

  • movingforward Jun 20, 2:19 p.m.

    And readme has been living in the 1900`s, when taking a black person life was the thing to do in that time. I remember my dad you use to tell us that if you were black and caught in town after dark, you could be hanged. This is where I see this governor and the GA going with this state. Dumb us down with the eduaction system. Then they don`t pay a decent living wage, keep cost of shelter and food high, take away medical cover from those who need it most and can`t afford it. Giving tax breaks to the wealthy and corporations in the name of jobs...aka..the tickle down economy(Republicans did that once before and got low paying jobs), suppress voter turnout, tax the working poor and middle class with a comsumption tax, have a state religion... the list goes on and on. Yeah, I`m drinking something..... the unclean water that`s contaminated from landfills.

  • readme Jun 20, 1:09 p.m.

    movingforward is drinking his daily liberal Kool-Aid I see. Let's keep these issues separate. You can be upset with the GOP for some of their other decisions recently in NC, but this silly legislation needed to be repealed.

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