June 20, 2013


North Carolina Seeks to Restart Executions

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) "signed the repeal of a law that has allowed death row inmates to seek a reduced sentence if they could prove racial bias affected their punishment," Reuters reports.

"The Racial Justice Act, the only law of its kind in the United States, had led to four inmates getting their sentences changed to life in prison without parole after taking effect in 2009. Supporters said the historic measure addressed the state's long record of racial injustice in its capital punishment system, while critics said it caused unnecessary costs and delays after nearly all death-row inmates, including whites, sought relief under the act."










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