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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  • by country boy Location: new bern on Jan 4, 2012 at 09:59 AM
    Lets see now, the liberal democrats have the minority and the sorry whites votes locked in because of the welfare system, theye are working on the mostly white unemployed by keeping extending their unemployment benefits, the lazy WSO's who want to set on the lazy butts and have all given to them without working for it, and the rich liberals. Now they want the felons in their corner and that is why they do not want voter IDs.
  • by Bev? on Jan 4, 2012 at 07:27 AM
    Imagine, I use to think she was such a good person. I was fooled!
  • by Gregory on Jan 4, 2012 at 04:22 AM
    Is there any doubt concerning the makeup of the demoncrat base and the attempt to "buy" their vote? This right up there with voting against the voter ID bill.

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