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Group launches bid to repeal NC death penalty

Posted December 2, 2011

— A coalition of religious leaders is launching an effort to repeal the death penalty in North Carolina.

People of Faith Against the Death Penalty announced the campaign Friday in Raleigh. The group wants to secure 1,000 resolutions from religious groups, local governments and community organizations calling for an end to capital punishment in the state. They would like to replace it with life in prison without parole. 

The group said the money spent should be saved to hep support murder victims' families. 

They also plan to circulate a petition modeled on their drive for a moratorium in 1999. At that time, the group gathered more than 50,000 signatures.

People of Faith Executive Director Stephen Dear said most Christian denominations have been against the death penalty for decades.

"We're trying to call attention to that fact and call people from other faith traditions and say the time has come to repeal the death penalty," Dear said. 

Group hopes to repeal NC death penalty Group hopes to repeal NC death penalty

The campaign kicks off days after the state Senate voted to repeal the Racial Justice Act, which allows death row inmates to appeal their sentences using statistical evidence to argue that racial bias played a role in their cases.

The group said they hope that Gov. Bev Perdue will veto that repeal. 


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  • Tax Man Dec 2, 2011

    First we need to execute ALL of the folks currently on death row. Then we need to rigidly enforce the death penalty in all capital cases. We need the punishment to be swift, certain and timely. Once convicted the appeals process should be completed within six months and the execution completed immediately upon the end of the review period. There is no deterrent value to an execution that takes place 15 or more years from the crime! Catch the guilty party, convict them and execute them while the corpse is still somewhat warm! But lets get back on track and clear death row with a slate of executions immediately! We have waited too long and catered to the PC folks too long. Time to get to the lethal injections NOW!

  • hlpulley Dec 2, 2011

    I think we need to "VETO" Bev in 2012.

  • mikeyj Dec 2, 2011

    I cant figure out why people these days don't believe in holding others accountable for their actions. Cause those same individuals DO NOT want to be held accountable for their "OWN" actions IE driving having had a drink or on pain killers. Passing school buses etc.

  • mikeyj Dec 2, 2011

    "While I am personally pro-DP I believe there is enough evidence available to show that it is not being properly implimented in NC and that there is a racial bias present. Until such time as we can devise a way of fixing that I agree....... Hmmm wouldn't have any particular possibility that a certain group(race) is committing the most crimes would it? How bout black on black crimes. Even the NAACP should be asking that the DP is used. Crime has no bias.

  • Mr. D3 Dec 2, 2011

    Some people will go out of their way to protect the rights of those they fear the most, in this case violent criminals, because by protecting them it eases their fears and would in their mind lessen the likelihood of being victimized. It may make them feel better about themselves but certainly would not prevent them from being a victim of violence.

  • mikeyj Dec 2, 2011

    At what $ cost to the civilians that stay on the straight and narrow? Living life with total respect to their neighbors and frinds. Jesus himself said, "OBEDIENCEIS BETTER THAN SACRICICE".
    Disobedience should be punished and "MUST" be administered.

  • fayncmike Dec 2, 2011


    The hypocrisy of some that claim to be Christians and turn right around and condone government sanctioned murder always amazes me. Thinking a sin is a sin in it's self and those people are unrepentant sinners. One wonders what the Lord has in store for them.

  • htomc42 Dec 2, 2011

    I wouldn't have a problem with this, if the PoFAtDP could be sent the bill for housing and feeding the ones who were clearly, no-questions-at-all guilty, and would have been put down rather than continue to linger on the taxpayer's dime.

  • fayncmike Dec 2, 2011

    "fayncmike - I am so sorry, and actually angered by your loss at this unprovoked act of violence. For the fact you cannot condone giving the death penalty to this murderer, would you feel differently if they had murdered before, but been allowed to live previously as well? What if this murderer is released for some reason, or escapes prison? Since savage is defined as being uncivilized, myself, and I am sure MANY others, would consider the act of allowing this known murderer the opportunity to murder again, to be uncivilized.

    Randa, either one believes in something or one does not. The person that murdered our loved one is a repeat offender. That changes nothing about my beliefs. He is in jail and, by the time he gets out he'll be too old to be a threat to anyone. Meantime every day will be a day in hell for him. I want him to suffer for his crimes and this way he'll have many years to suffer. What I don't want to do, and won't do, is lower myself to his level

  • agrygoruk Dec 2, 2011

    I do not feel easy with the death penalty. However, do we really want to take away the investigators chance for bargain where a suspect is offered no death penalty in exchange for murderer cooperation. It is obvious that D.P. option helps with admittance of guilt, getting the names of accomplices, getting location of bodies (in case of serial killer). I am sure that the bargain option helps with the effectiveness off the police work. I suspect that it is not included in any of the phony studies analizing the costs of the death penalty v/s the life sentence.