NC Death Row Inmates Look For Life In New Law

Five death row inmates seeking reduced sentences under a new North Carolina law that takes race into account could be the first of many.

The director of the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys says Tuesday's motions are no surprise.

Peg Dorer says district attorneys have been told by the office of state Attorney General Roy Cooper that everyone on death row is likely to file such a motion this month -- including white convicts.

Tuesday's motions, announced by the Durham-based Center for Death Penalty Litigation, were enabled by the 2009 Racial Justice Act. That law lets defendants use statistical evidence to show racial bias helped put them on death row.

The prisoners want their death sentences converted to life in prison.


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  • by OpenCarry on Aug 4, 2010 at 07:34 PM
    Below in my other post is the list of the 5 death-row felons who are bringing this suit. I've included the crimes they were convicted of to receive death sentences, priors, and the number of infractions they've committed while incarcerated. The Internet is a WONDERFUL thing...
  • by OpenCarry on Aug 4, 2010 at 06:04 PM
    Kenneth Rouse, who was convicted in Randolph County in 1992 of Murder in the First Degree, Robbery with a dangerous weapon, and Rape, and has racked up 48 infractions while incarcerated; Guy LeGrande, convicted in Stanly County in 1996 of Murder in the First Degree and Conspiracy to commit murder, and had two prior convictions for blackmail, and has accumulated 43 infractions while incarcerated; Shawn Bonnett, convicted in Martin County in 1996 of First Degree Murder, and Robbery with a Deadly Weapon (with three accomplices); Jeremy Murrell, convicted in Forsyth County in 2006 of First Degree Murder, and Robbery with a Deadly Weapon, with 2 priors for PWITS Schedule II drugs; Jathiyah Al-Bayyinah, convicted in Davie County in 1999 and again in 2003 of First Degree Murder, and Robbery with a Deadly Weapon with priors including Larceny, Armed Robbery, Involuntary Manslaughter, and other minor offenses too numerous to list...
  • by Bryant Location: Carroll on Aug 4, 2010 at 11:32 AM
    First off, thank you Obama and company for opening this can of worms, so it can clog up our legal system even more. Second off, they are serving a life sentence anyway, it is not like we execute any of these pieces of crap. If someone is supposed to be executed, how about do it before 14-20 years.
  • by Good Lord on Aug 4, 2010 at 11:06 AM
    Bush made the criminals of race do crimes ! Come on NC, what the heck??????????????????????
  • by DJ Location: Pinetops on Aug 4, 2010 at 08:37 AM
    Crazy....this is absolutely freaking crazy.
  • by WOW Location: Beaufort on Aug 4, 2010 at 08:32 AM
    "I repeat...What we need is a trap door in the courthouse........ and aligators in the basement.: I love that one, LOL.
  • by Mike on Aug 4, 2010 at 06:56 AM
    Im Confused. How does race land you on death row? I realize every case is different from another,but i dont understand whats going on here.
  • by local Location: jville on Aug 4, 2010 at 06:27 AM
    Those BLEEDING HEARTS are the scourge of this state!...They love (molesters,rapists,killers,thieves)these savage beasts and scoff our just LAWS!
  • by hillbilly on Aug 4, 2010 at 05:36 AM
    I repeat...What we need is a trap door in the courthouse........ and aligators in the basement.
  • by Bob Location: Wayne on Aug 4, 2010 at 05:26 AM
    Did race put them there? NO. They did it themselves. Stop wasting our money which we have little of. Will this be the same as a speeding ticket if the limit was to be raised? Hardly not. Carry out their original sentence, they earned it.
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