Reaction To Governor's Veto Of Bill To Repeal Racial Justice Act

By: Dave Jordan/Carly Swain
By: Dave Jordan/Carly Swain

District Attorney's across the state were seeking the repeal of the Racial Justice Act and are now speaking out after Governor Perdue vetoed a bill to do that.

The governor says she vetoed the bill for the same reason she signed the Racial Justice Act two years ago. Perdue says the bill makes certain racial prejudice plays no part in imposing the death penalty in capital cases.

This veto means defendants can pull in statistics from anywhere in the state of North Carolina to try and prove racial discrimination in their own case.

District Attorney Ernie Lee from Onslow County says in his eyes- the decision by the governor was a bad choice. Lee says, "My position is- I mean, I'm very dissappointed with the governor's veto on this. Because I think every capital case, every death penalty case, ought to be individually considered based on the merits the facts, the circumstances of that individual case. It should not be based upon some overgeneralized possibly unrelaiable statistics from somewhere in the state of North Carolina."

Lee says of six defendants currently on death row right now in his four county district- all six of them have filed claims based on the Racial Justice Act.

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  • by JusticeForAll on Dec 17, 2011 at 05:37 PM
    The REAL reason Bev signed this bill in the first place, and vetoed it's repeal is because she is courting the votes of the families of felons, murderers, rapists, and sociopaths. Wake up, people. North Carolina deserves a better Governor...
  • by M16 Location: Greenville on Dec 15, 2011 at 03:53 PM
    Turn ENC into a police state... if it moves, then shoot and ask questions later.
  • by JJ Location: nc on Dec 15, 2011 at 03:20 PM
    You know Perdue would not veto the bill if she had lost someone she cared for as family or friends
  • by hate ms. gov Location: enc on Dec 15, 2011 at 03:17 PM
    public hangings...enough said
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Dec 15, 2011 at 03:14 PM
    Veto what you want to Perdumb, we'll just veto your next term.
  • by g=man Location: GREENVILLE on Dec 15, 2011 at 02:49 PM
    good for you bev keep him on the street
  • by kinston on Dec 15, 2011 at 07:48 AM
    just another racist law allowed to stay on the books so she can get some votes. this is racism at its worst... mandated by the government.
  • by Teresa Location: Farmville on Dec 15, 2011 at 04:47 AM
    As a member of a family who cousin was murdered. I don't believe in the death penalty. It is too many mistakes that can't be fixed after you are sentence someone to death. It is a "life" you are dealing with and just because the person took your family members life, two wrongs does not make it right. The Ten Conmmandments is the Ten Commandments. "Thou shall not kill". Put them in prison for life. We already paying it as taxpayers. My family feels the same as I do. The warden has to live with the mental strain of carrying out what the state said. If you ever talk to one, ask them how are they mentally? Everybody has a conscience. I am sure there are alot on medication just to get sleep at night.
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      by BS on Dec 15, 2011 at 06:07 AM in reply to Teresa
      How about "an eye for an eye"? Did you forget that quote from the bible? Although I am sorry your cousin was murdered, I do not think that makes your opinion any more valuable than any one elses and by the tone of your comment, you think it does. Punishment and murder are two totally different things. Another absurd veto, just like the voter ID bill!!
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        by Anonymous on Dec 15, 2011 at 05:22 PM in reply to BS
        So the Bible says an eye for an eye, yet Christ forgave a sinner, a murderer at that, on the cross and welcomed him with open arms into the gates of Heaven. Please, pick which part of the Bible you want to follow, the teachings of Christ, or the teachings of an angry vengful God. And Teresa is right, murder is always a horrible thing, but once you use the death penalty, there is no going back, courts have to be 100% sure that they're right in the conviction, if they are not, the state just murdered an innocent person. And sadly it's not rare, it's happened before, and as long as the death penalty exist, it will happen again.
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      by Tarzan on Dec 15, 2011 at 03:37 PM in reply to Teresa
      Sorry Teresa but the 10 Commandmants state "Thou shalt not murder"
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        by Anonymous on Dec 15, 2011 at 05:22 PM in reply to Tarzan
        Then why is the state allowed to murder?
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        by Anonymous on Dec 21, 2011 at 09:31 PM in reply to Tarzan
        Why is the state allowed to murder people then?
  • by nightrain on Dec 15, 2011 at 04:37 AM
    Just another example of a democrat ignoring the will of the people and doing what "they" think is good for us. If the Democrats keep increasing the government's control over people, one day we'll be able to just lay back and not be bothered with having to think for ourselves.
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      by WOW on Dec 15, 2011 at 05:18 AM in reply to nightrain
      Like the Russians did? Or the Cubans, or North Koreans, or Chinese are?
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      by WOW on Dec 15, 2011 at 06:21 AM in reply to nightrain
      Dont' read me wrong, I agree with you on this one...
  • by tybo Location: enc on Dec 15, 2011 at 04:21 AM
    Perdue and Pelosi 2 peas in a pod. Neither 1 belong in any office.
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      by 40some on Dec 15, 2011 at 07:33 AM in reply to tybo
      Maybe we could get lucky and they'd run for pres. Easley defeated.
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