NC NAACP: ‘Right-thinking people’ should support the Racial Justice Act (audio)
When the General Assembly reconvenes Wednesday afternoon, the president of the NC NAACP is hopeful ‘right-thinking’ Republicans and Democrats will vote to sustain Governor Perdue’s veto of Senate Bill 9.
The bill Perdue vetoed in mid-December would essentially gut the Racial Justice Act, which allows death-row inmates to appeal their sentence, if they can prove racial bias was a factor in their conviction.
The NAACP’s Rev. William Barber criticized Republican leadership Tuesday for distortions about the two-year-old law. The act cannot be used to free death row inmates. It allows for a reduced sentence of life behind bars without parole, if statistical bias can be proven.
“In 2012 for a Southern state to attempt to say it doesn’t want to engage in racial justice, should be concerning for all people,” said Barber.
The NC House and Senate will reconvene at 2:00pm. Three-fifths of each chamber is needed to override the Governor’s veto.
To hear the NC NAACP president’s full remarks, click below: