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Hunt Meets With Death Penalty Opponents At UNC

Posted November 13, 2000 6:00 a.m. EST

— Governor Jim Hunt ran into protesters Tuesday while attending a function at UNC's School of Law.

The protesters want the governor to grant a reprieve for Marcus Carter. He is scheduled to die by lethal injection next week.

Opponents of capital punishment say the policy is racist.

"Of the last six executions scheduled, five of them have been African-American, and most of them have been white victims with juries with 11 whites and one African-American or all white juries," says John Johnson, who opposes the death penalty.

Governor Hunt challenged those opposed to the death penalty to not just protest. He suggested they help tutor children who might be at risk of becoming a criminal.