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Perdue vetoes effort to weaken the Racial Justice Act

Governor Perdue vetoed Senate Bill 416 on Thursday, legislation that critics said would dramatically weaken the 2009 Racial Justice Act.

Last year, Republicans in the General Assembly passed a bill that would have repealed the RJA, which Perdue promptly vetoed.  The governor says the “compromise” bill (SB 416) offered during this short session would also gut the act and render it meaningless.

Here’s more from the Governor’s statement:

“Several months ago, a North Carolina superior court judge ruling on a claim brought under the Racial Justice Act determined that racial discrimination occurred in death penalty trials across the State over a multi-year period.  The judge’s findings should trouble everyone who is committed to a justice system based on fairness, integrity, and equal protection under the law.  Faced with these findings, the Republican majority in the General Assembly could have tried to strengthen our efforts to fix the flaws in our system.  Instead, they chose to turn a blind eye to the problem and eviscerate the Racial Justice Act.  Willfully ignoring the pernicious effects of discrimination will not make those problems go away.

It is simply unacceptable for racial prejudice to play a role in the imposition of the death penalty in North Carolina.”

3 Comments

  1. Frances Jenkins

    June 28, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    A man kills a woman, his daughter as well as her daughter. He is tried,convicted and sentenced to death. He is white, the victims were white, the jury was all white, the DA was white and the judge was white. How is it possible for him to appeal his death sentence based on the Racial Justice Act? He needs to sit on a burnt stump in hell. So now, Bev and her corrupt liberal Democrat buds will ensure this man will not be put to death. How can they sleep at night?

  2. david esmay

    June 29, 2012 at 8:32 am

    How would the law as written, apply to your fictional killer, givens the facts you proposed? It doesn’t, the only corrupt thing is your mind.

  3. frances

    June 29, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Really, would you like his prison number? You have anger issues. serious anger issues.