Racial Justice Act http://wunc.org en 'Nobody Should Die In North Carolina Because Race Played A Role In Getting The Death Sentence' http://wunc.org/post/nobody-should-die-north-carolina-because-race-played-role-getting-death-sentence <p>Monday afternoon, the state Supreme Court heard the cases of four former death row prisoners whose sentences were commuted to life in prison under the Racial Justice Act.<br /><br />State lawmakers repealed the Racial Justice Act last year. That act allowed death row inmates to use statistical evidence of racial bias to challenge their sentences. The cases heard today are still pending.</p><p>Attorney Danielle Elder represented the state in court this morning. She and other prosecutors argue that a previous ruling was based on jury selection statistics that were too broad.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:51:08 +0000 Jessica Jones 33791 at http://wunc.org 'Nobody Should Die In North Carolina Because Race Played A Role In Getting The Death Sentence' State Supreme Court Hears Racial Justice Act Cases http://wunc.org/post/state-supreme-court-hears-racial-justice-act-cases <p>This morning, the state supreme court will hear the cases of four defendants who were removed from death row under the state's racial justice act. The court will review whether the now repealed-act should apply to these defendants.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>State lawmakers repealed the Racial Justice Act last year. It allowed death row inmates to receive life imprisonment if they could show that racial bias contributed to their sentences.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Jessica Jones 33687 at http://wunc.org State Supreme Court Hears Racial Justice Act Cases House Lawmakers Definitively Pass Racial Justice Act Repeal http://wunc.org/post/house-lawmakers-definitively-pass-racial-justice-act-repeal <p>Lawmakers in the state House have given final approval to a bill that would repeal the Racial Justice Act.</p><p>It's a law that gives death row inmates the chance to appeal their sentences if they can prove racial bias was a factor in their cases.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 11:10:13 +0000 Jessica Jones 16654 at http://wunc.org House Lawmakers Definitively Pass Racial Justice Act Repeal House Lawmakers Tentatively Pass Racial Justice Act Repeal http://wunc.org/post/house-lawmakers-tentatively-pass-racial-justice-act-repeal <p>House lawmakers have tentatively <a href="http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2013&amp;BillID=S306">passed a bill that would repeal the Racial Justice Act</a>, a landmark law that allows death row prisoners to appeal their sentences on the basis of racial bias.<br><br>Republican Representative Sarah Stevens told her colleagues that there should be better ways to eliminate racism from juries and trials. Tue, 04 Jun 2013 21:16:18 +0000 Jessica Jones 16583 at http://wunc.org House Lawmakers Tentatively Pass Racial Justice Act Repeal State Senate Votes To Repeal Racial Justice Act http://wunc.org/post/state-senate-votes-repeal-racial-justice-act <p>State senators have voted to repeal a historic law passed in 2009 that allows death row inmates to use statistical evidence of racial bias to challenge their sentences.</p><p></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 21:03:30 +0000 Jessica Jones 13113 at http://wunc.org State Senate Votes To Repeal Racial Justice Act Publicizing Gun Permit Records: The Struggle Between The First And Second Amendment http://wunc.org/post/publicizing-gun-permit-records-struggle-between-first-and-second-amendment <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In North Carolina, when you purchase a handgun, your gun permit goes into the state's public records. Recently, however, Republican lawmakers have sponsored a bill that would remove this information from public access. Today on The State of Things we speak with local experts about the struggle between the first and second amendment. Fri, 15 Mar 2013 15:31:24 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 12086 at http://wunc.org Judge Commutes Three Death Row Sentences http://wunc.org/post/judge-commutes-three-death-row-sentences <p>Three death row inmates had their sentences commuted yesterday to life in prison.&nbsp; A Cumberland County judge said race wrongly played a role in the jury selection for their cases.</p><p>Tilmon Golphin, Christina Walters and Quintel Augustine were on death row for killing five people – three of them law enforcement officers.&nbsp; Scott Bass is Executive Director of “Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation.” He was in court when Superior Court Judge Greg Weeks re-sentenced the three inmates.</p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 12:55:00 +0000 Leoneda Inge 6219 at http://wunc.org Lawmakers Override Racial Justice Veto http://wunc.org/post/lawmakers-override-racial-justice-veto <p>State lawmakers have overridden the governor's veto of a bill that waters down the Racial Justice Act. The Act, passed in 2009, allows death row prisoners to challenge their sentences based on statistical evidence of discrimination. The new bill will limit the time frame and scope of statistics that inmates can use to challenge their sentences. Republican House Majority Leader Paul Stam thinks that's reasonable.<br> Mon, 02 Jul 2012 22:15:00 +0000 Jessica Jones 2242 at http://wunc.org Republican Lawmakers Plan Racial Justice Veto Override http://wunc.org/post/republican-lawmakers-plan-racial-justice-veto-override <p>Republican legislative leaders are expected to try to override the governor's veto of a measure that would water down the Racial Justice Act. The Act, passed in 2009, allows death row prisoners to appeal their sentences using statistical evidence of discrimination.</p> Mon, 02 Jul 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Jessica Jones 2244 at http://wunc.org Governor Vetoes Bill That Rolls Back Racial Justice Act http://wunc.org/post/governor-vetoes-bill-rolls-back-racial-justice-act <p>Governor Bev Perdue has vetoed legislation that would roll back the Racial Justice Act.<br> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Jessica Jones 2257 at http://wunc.org