DAs Seek Repeal Of Death Penalty Law

North Carolina's district attorneys are asking the Legislature to repeal a bill that allows death row prisoners to challenge their sentences on the grounds of racial bias.

The letter from Johnston County District Attorney Susan Doyle asks senators to consider a bill later this month that repeals the 2009 Racial Justice Act. Doyle is president of the state Conference of District Attorneys.

She says the Racial Justice Act has unintended consequences that have crippled the court system and left prosecutors scrambling to pay the costs of retrying the cases of death row inmates.

Tye Hunter of the Center for Death Penalty Litigation says prosecutors are trying to circumvent the court system by going to the Legislature to undo a law they don't like.

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