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DA resigns from state panel over Perdue veto

Posted December 20, 2011

Death Row, Death Penalty, Execution

— A North Carolina district attorney has resigned from fellow Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue's crime policy panel because she vetoed a bill that would have essentially repealed a 2009 law focused on capital punishment and racial bias.

Cleveland and Lincoln county prosecutor Richard Shaffer told Perdue he is leaving the Governor's Crime Commission because of her veto last week on changes to the Racial Justice Act. Shaffer wrote Perdue saying the veto will delay the right of murder victims to receive justice and potentially could allow death row inmates to be released on parole.

Perdue and other Racial Justice Act supporters have argued repeatedly that no one can be released from prison because of the law.

“Gov. Perdue appreciates Mr. Shaffer’s service," spokeswoman Chris Mackey said. "I’d like to point out that the former chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court called the idea that anyone will get out of jail as a result of the Racial Justice Act a ‘misapprehension’ that ‘is simply not true.’”

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  • Bartmeister Dec 22, 2011

    Governor Perdue: An absolute disgrace to the State Of North Carolina!

    HOLLA.....................

  • cwood3 Dec 21, 2011

    AMEN "sillywabbit"-ABO-2012-ABB-2012-Anybody but Obama-Anybody but Bev!!! Her ineptness is an embarrasment to the people of NC!!

  • kodac31 Dec 20, 2011

    Governor Perdue: An absolute disgrace to the State Of North Carolina!

  • abylelab -BT- Dec 20, 2011

    ++Sounds like a DA is afraid of someone poking around in his past. cvdurhm December 20, 2011 1:42 p.m.

    I would like to know the basis of your comment. Why are you saying this? Do you have factual information or are you just upset because someone said something against a Democrat.
    Sound Tech++

    maybe cvdurhm is just against people being put to death based on the color of their skin

  • Sound Tech Dec 20, 2011

    Sounds like a DA is afraid of someone poking around in his past.
    cvdurhm
    December 20, 2011 1:42 p.m.

    I would like to know the basis of your comment. Why are you saying this? Do you have factual information or are you just upset because someone said something against a Democrat.

  • Inter Alios Dec 20, 2011

    I say good riddance. She doesn't need someone with his mentality, or lack thereof, on the Crime commission.

  • wral mods blow close my account Dec 20, 2011

    Sounds like a DA is afraid of someone poking around in his past.

  • nonPC Dec 20, 2011

    I do not know this man but if he lives the way he just acted about this decision he should run for Gov.

  • citizensoldier16 Dec 20, 2011

    Given the vast majority of DA's supported the repeal of the law, I'm surprised more of them haven't resigned. Once again, Bev puts politics ahead of justice and she has her subordinates take the fall for it. I can't wait til she's gone in 2013.

  • aetius476 Dec 20, 2011

    Putting politics aside and standing for what is right. A rare thing. Kudos to you for your integrity.

    Gov. Purdue should be ashamed of herself for misusing her veto is such a useless fashion.

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