'Racial Justice Act' Gets Initial OK In NC House

The House has narrowly agreed to a bill its supporters say would ensure that people are removed from North Carolina's death row if race was a factor in putting them there.

House members gave initial approval Tuesday to legislation that would also apply to situations where prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in a pending capital murder case.

The defendant could use data or other evidence from a county,
prosecutorial district or nearby area to attempt to prove that race was a significant factor in the decisions.

Republicans and the state's district attorneys are opposed to the bill, saying it will further delay carrying out pending executions.

A final House vote could come Wednesday. The Senate has passed a
version of the bill.


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  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Jul 15, 2009 at 05:14 AM
    Have a feeling this law will be put into effect every time a black person kills someone and gets the death penalty. This is a thinly veiled effort by the black community advocates to ensure that no blacks are ever executed for their crimes.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 14, 2009 at 08:54 PM
    Don't forget to throw the words "respect" and "legacy" in there somewhere. Add a few cousins to boot, as well.
  • by Mr. Rite Location: Choco on Jul 14, 2009 at 07:45 PM
    What's next??? 40 acres and a John Deere tractor???
  • by Dave on Jul 14, 2009 at 07:11 PM
    Once again black people are crying to get their way.
  • by Citizen Location: NC on Jul 14, 2009 at 07:02 PM
    You would think that the so called law makers would realize that the reason they are on death row is because ??? maybe they commited the crime!! Duhhh!! The only reason a person should be removed from death row is if evidence comes up supporting a mistake making the person innocent. At that time, the person will be released completely. Otherwise, clean off death row and move in the next group. I think most will chip in for the electric bill increase.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jul 14, 2009 at 06:58 PM
    You know every last whining minority on death row will be crying this tune.Heck, they aren't executing them as it is.D.O.C. website has a long list of death row inmates that should have been executed years ago, yet they're still around breathing up our air, eating up tax funded food,sleeping on a bed that taxpayers had to pay for.
  • by Moderators Nightmare on Jul 14, 2009 at 06:57 PM
    Folks you need to read this bill. It would pretty much eliminate the death penalty if passed. http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2007&BillID=H1291
  • by Well on Jul 14, 2009 at 06:13 PM
    I meant racist(s). Surely there will be plenty to descend on this topic.
  • by Well on Jul 14, 2009 at 06:11 PM
    Here come the racist....! I can't wait to see the comments.
  • by Jeff Location: Winterville on Jul 14, 2009 at 06:10 PM
    Race should be left out of the equation entirely. Murder is murder. Whether it's white on white or black on black or white on black or black on white.
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