NC Senate Vote Delayed On Bias Test In Death Sentences

A vote by the North Carolina Senate on whether attorneys could offer a statistical argument showing that racial prejudice put a killer on death row has been postponed.

Bill sponsor Sen. Floyd McKissick of Durham County rescheduled the vote on what supporters call the Racial Justice Act from Tuesday to Wednesday as he tried to round up votes

The measure would allow judges to consider whether statistical
data show race was behind the decision of prosecutors to seek, or
jurors to impose, the death penalty.

In May, the Senate approved a version that would help remove
obstacles that have effectively blocked executions for two years.
That provision was removed by the House.


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  • by MWL Location: G-ville on Aug 4, 2009 at 11:30 PM
    It's funny how most times when someone plays the race card they are actually the racist!!! I've got an idea, let's just execute ALL THUGS no matter what color!!!!!!!!!!
  • by elvisknowsthedeal on Aug 4, 2009 at 07:09 PM
    I do believe that he is also kin to the Floyd mckissick of housinf embezzlemant fame. He has nothing less than a bigoted "give me something free" persona and is the epitome of a tax and spend socialist. Thank me very much!
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Aug 4, 2009 at 06:26 PM
    To anyone who doesn't know, Floyd McKissick is a liberal Black State Senator from the very corrupt town of Durham, NC.Hopefully, the other Senators will have enough common sense to tell him to put his little racist bill where the sun don't shine.
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