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Efforts to weaken Racial Justice Act advance in NC House (video)

Posted By Clayton Henkel On June 13, 2012 @ 6:38 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

Final House approval could come later this week for Senate Bill 416 [1], legislation that critics say will gut the state’s landmark Racial Justice Act. The new bill requires that judges have evidence beyond basic statistical analysis before deciding that race was a factor in an inmate receiving a death sentence.

Rep. Larry Womble, one of the chief supporters of the 2009 Racial Justice Act, told the House chamber it was a lie to suggest inmates using the RJA would be freed from prison if the appeal was successful.

Senate Bill 416 won tentative approval (72-47) in the state House on Tuesday and is on Wednesday’s calendar for a third reading. To hear more from the floor debate, click below.

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[1] Senate Bill 416: http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/billlookup/billlookup.pl?Session=2011&BillID=S416

[2] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DOkQa-Srgs

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