Death Penalty http://wunc.org en Witness To An Execution: Part Two http://wunc.org/post/witness-execution-part-two <p><font size="3" style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Stephen Lich Tyler drove to Texas last week to witness the execution of his father’s killer, </span></font><font size="3" style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Ramiro Hernandez Llanas. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:13:28 +0000 Laura Lee & Frank Stasio 33844 at http://wunc.org Witness To An Execution: Part Two Witness To A Texas Execution: Part One http://wunc.org/post/witness-texas-execution-part-one <p><font color="black" face="Tahoma" size="2"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:10pt;"><font size="2"><span style="font-size:11pt;">On Wednesday night, the <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=301083430">State of Texas executed Ramiro Hernandez-Llanas</a>, a man convicted of the 1997 killing of professor Glen Lich.</span></font></span></font></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:20:58 +0000 Laura Lee & Frank Stasio 33514 at http://wunc.org Witness To A Texas Execution: Part One North Carolina Wants New Drug For Death Row Executions, But Where Will It Come From? http://wunc.org/post/north-carolina-wants-new-drug-death-row-executions-where-will-it-come <p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:18:57 +0000 Jorge Valencia 31260 at http://wunc.org North Carolina Wants New Drug For Death Row Executions, But Where Will It Come From? NC Appeals Court Considers Public Input On Lethal Injection Protocol http://wunc.org/post/nc-appeals-court-considers-public-input-lethal-injection-protocol <p>Members of the North Carolina Court of Appeals appeared to show Tuesday that they wanted to return to a lower court a seven-year-old case over the lethal injection chemicals the state uses in executions.<br /><br />A three-judge panel heard arguments on whether the state Department of Public Safety should have followed a public rule-making process when it switched its execution procedures from a three-drug chemical mixture to a single-drug injection.<br /> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Jorge Valencia 29296 at http://wunc.org NC Appeals Court Considers Public Input On Lethal Injection Protocol If NC Changes How It Executes Death Row Inmates, Does The Public Have A Say? http://wunc.org/post/if-nc-changes-how-it-executes-death-row-inmates-does-public-have-say <p></p><p>The North Carolina Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday morning on whether the state must follow a public rule-making process when changing its procedures for executing death row prisoners.<br /><br />Arguments center on the Department of Public Safety switching its protocol for executions from a lethal injection of a three-drug mixture to a single-drug solution. (The change happened last fall.)</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Jorge Valencia 29170 at http://wunc.org If NC Changes How It Executes Death Row Inmates, Does The Public Have A Say? Chapel Hill's First Openly-Gay Mayor Reflects On His Home http://wunc.org/post/chapel-hills-first-openly-gay-mayor-reflects-his-home <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 15:50:42 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 28478 at http://wunc.org Chapel Hill's First Openly-Gay Mayor Reflects On His Home Judge Holds Hearing On Racial Justice Act Cases http://wunc.org/post/judge-holds-hearing-racial-justice-act-cases <p>A Cumberland County judge held a hearing today for four death row inmates are learning how their cases will proceed under the Racial Justice Act.<br><br><strong>Gurnal Scott: </strong>The four want their sentences reduced to life without parole. Lawyers say resolving these cases could take years. Lawmakers changed the Racial Justice Act requiring more than just statistical evidence to overturn a death sentence. David Weiss with the Center for Death Penalty Litigation says the only case reviewed so far under the act meets that standard.<br> Fri, 06 Jul 2012 20:55:00 +0000 Gurnal Scott 2131 at http://wunc.org Bill Rewriting Racial Justice Act Passes House http://wunc.org/post/bill-rewriting-racial-justice-act-passes-house <p>House lawmakers have passed a bill that would rewrite the state's Racial Justice Act.<br><br><strong>Jessica Jones: </strong>House lawmakers passed the controversial measure by a veto-proof 72 to 47 after a long debate yesterday afternoon. The bill would narrow the use of statistics that death row inmates could use to show that racial bias was a factor in their cases. It would also narrow the time frame inmates could use to prove bias. House Majority Leader Paul Stam is a sponsor of the bill.<br> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 10:10:00 +0000 Jessica Jones 2323 at http://wunc.org House Votes to Nullify Racial Justice Act http://wunc.org/post/house-votes-nullify-racial-justice-act <p>Lawmakers in the House have voted to nullify a 2009 law that allows death row prisoners to contest their sentences on the basis of racial bias. The law, called the Racial Justice Act, allows a judge to commute a condemned prisoner's sentence to life in prison if he or she determines the case was tainted by race. Republican representative Justin Burr says the law has forced prosecutors to spend too much time reviewing old cases.<br> Fri, 17 Jun 2011 09:55:00 +0000 Jessica Jones 8551 at http://wunc.org Durham Man's Death Sentence Commuted http://wunc.org/post/durham-mans-death-sentence-commuted <p>A Durham man has been taken off death row after a Superior Court judge commuted his sentence. Isaac Stroud had been sentenced to die for the 1993 murder of his girlfriend. But his attorneys argued mental illness should have disqualified him from a death sentence. The ruling means Stroud will instead spend life behind bars. Marilyn Ozer is an attorney who’s worked on the case since 2001.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Feb 2011 20:47:00 +0000 Jeremy Loeb 10144 at http://wunc.org