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State Lawmakers Revisit Racial Justice Act

The North Carolina Legislature is meeting again in Raleigh because Gov. Beverly Perdue vetoed a bill that would essentially repeal a 2009 law creating a new way for death-row prisoners to appeal their sentences based on racial discrimination.

The General Assembly was scheduled to gather Wednesday afternoon to decide whether to override the measure that would eliminate key components of the Racial Justice Act.

Three-fifths of the legislators present and voting in both the House and Senate must vote to override Perdue's veto for the repeal to be carried out. House Republicans who want to cancel the veto likely will have to depend on a handful of Democrats joining their side to be successful.

Local prosecutors and civil rights advocates have been on opposite sides of the legislation.


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