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North Carolina legislature moves to gut Racial Justice Act, resume executions
By Kate Randall
16 June 2012
A move is under way in North Carolina to implement changes to a law that has allowed death row inmates to use evidence of racial bias to challenge their sentences. The North Carolina House of Representatives on Tuesday passed Senate Bill 416 in a 73-47 vote, essentially rewriting the state’s Racial Justice Act (RJA) to render it ineffective.
Passed in 2009, the RJA allows death row inmates to present statistical evidence alleging racial bias in their trials, convictions and sentencing. If a condemned prisoner is able to demonstrate racial bias, his or her sentence can be converted to life in prison. The prisoner cannot, however, be paroled or set free on this basis.