McCrory Speaks Out About Decision To Repeal Racial Justice Act

One day after Governor Pat McCrory signed into law the repeal of the 2009 Racial Justice Act, he spoke out about that decision. McCrory's signature ended the landmark law that allowed convicted murderers to have sentences reduced to life in prison if they could prove racial bias influenced their case.

The governor spoke to the media after the ribbon cutting at the children's hospital in Greenville. He said it was necessary to do away with the law. which he says many district attorneys agreed would be best.

"It was really going against the wishes of juries by unanimous vote adding to another level of loopholes which I don't think created the justice that we needed in North Carolina, so I was following the lead of a bipartisan group of DA's throughout the state," said McCrory.

Critics and supporters say this will kick start the death penalty in North Carolina where no inmates have been executed since 2006.

Gov Pat McCrory has signed into law a repeal of a landmark act that allowed convicted murderers in North Carolina to reduce sentences to life in prison if they could prove racial bias.

McCrory signed a bill Wednesday intended to restart the death penalty in a state that hasn't executed an inmate since 2006. The Racial Justice Act of 2009 was already weakened last year by restricting the use of statistics to prove prejudice.

The bill has bitterly divided Democrats and Republicans.

McCrory said in a statement that the original law was so flawed that it's allowed nearly every person on death row to appeal unanimous jury decisions regardless of race.

Democrats argue studies and 2012 court decisions under the act prove institutional bias exists in jury selection and procedure.