Racial Justice Act

Politics & Government
3:51 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

'Nobody Should Die In North Carolina Because Race Played A Role In Getting The Death Sentence'

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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.

State lawmakers repealed the Racial Justice Act last year.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.

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.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Mon April 14, 2014

State Supreme Court Hears Racial Justice Act Cases

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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 The court will review whether the now repealed-act should apply to these defendants.
 

State lawmakers repealed the Racial Justice Act last year.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.

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Politics & Government
7:10 am
Thu June 6, 2013

House Lawmakers Definitively Pass Racial Justice Act Repeal

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Lawmakers in the state House have given final approval to a bill that would repeal the Racial Justice Act.

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.

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Politics & Government
5:16 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

House Lawmakers Tentatively Pass Racial Justice Act Repeal

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House lawmakers have tentatively passed a bill that would repeal the Racial Justice Act, a landmark law that allows death row prisoners to appeal their sentences on the basis of racial bias.

Republican Representative Sarah Stevens told her colleagues that there should be better ways to eliminate racism from juries and trials.

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Politics & Government
5:03 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

State Senate Votes To Repeal Racial Justice Act

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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.

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The State of Things
11:31 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Publicizing Gun Permit Records: The Struggle Between The First And Second Amendment

A panel of experts join host Frank Stasio to examine this week's news in review

  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.

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Politics & Government
7:55 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Judge Commutes Three Death Row Sentences

Three death row inmates had their sentences commuted yesterday to life in prison.  A Cumberland County judge said race wrongly played a role in the jury selection for their cases.

Tilmon Golphin, Christina Walters and Quintel Augustine were on death row for killing five people – three of them law enforcement officers.  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.

Scott Bass:  "You know I can’t say that I’m happy.  There’s nothing to celebrate here."

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Law
6:15 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Lawmakers Override Racial Justice Veto

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.

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Law
6:00 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Republican Lawmakers Plan Racial Justice Veto Override

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.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Governor Vetoes Bill That Rolls Back Racial Justice Act

Governor Bev Perdue has vetoed legislation that would roll back the Racial Justice Act.

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