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.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by John Location: Richlands on Nov 15, 2011 at 02:59 PM
    I'm sure the prison are not a 5 star hotel but they are not far from it as well. They have done a crime bad enough that warrants death. Then carry it out as so as it can be not after 10, 20, or like in Ohio almost 30 years later. They are grabbing at straws because they want to live. Did they give someone else that chances they wanted to live as well. "Never Give a bum a third chance." Fiction and Fact Dunk's Almanac
  • by ME Location: ENC on Nov 15, 2011 at 12:57 PM
    Another DA that don't want justice.
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      by Gary on Nov 15, 2011 at 01:37 PM in reply to ME
      Yea, Because a race card loophole is "Justice"
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        by if it discriminates like a duck on Nov 16, 2011 at 08:15 PM in reply to Gary
        If it's a valid loophole and shown as such in a court of law, then yes, it is. I don't know what is up with the southern trend of speaking out against due process; it's frankly as if you guys stopped reading the amendments after number two- but yes, there are indeed more of them.
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      by obamanot on Nov 15, 2011 at 02:46 PM in reply to ME
      Man your confused.Drink another beer or twelve.
  • by Hear Here Location: NC on Nov 15, 2011 at 12:50 PM
    If the verdict is guilty and the punishment is death. THEN do it let the families grieve and get on with their lives. Trials are a jury of peers and I get tired of hearing they weren't "MY PEERS" on that jury.
  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Nov 15, 2011 at 12:41 PM
    So you want to racial profile. Then you want to treat one race better than another....which is it? You keep changing the rules. Why not go back to something very simple. If you kill someone, you get the chair and we don't care what color you are. Hows that, simple enough?
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      by Gary on Nov 15, 2011 at 01:38 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
      Applauding
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      by obamanot on Nov 15, 2011 at 02:48 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
      Nothing is simple.Everything has to be a complicated issue when it comes to libterdialism.You know that.
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      by Wharf Rat on Nov 15, 2011 at 02:50 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
      Simple enough, and exactly the way it should be.
  • by Concerned citizen Location: Washington on Nov 15, 2011 at 11:28 AM
    Just another way to burn up our tax dollars. Keep the Death penalty in place and actually use it for a change, and stop burning the little mans tax dollars...
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