North Carolina Repeals Law Allowing Racial Bias Claim in Death Penalty Challenges PDF Print E-mail
June 5, 2013

By Kim Severson
The New York Times

A law that allowed death-row inmates to challenge their sentences based on racial bias claims was repealed by the North Carolina legislature on Wednesday, paving the way for executions to resume in a state that has 152 people on death row.

The law, the only one of its kind in the country, allowed inmates to use state and county statistics and other material to claim that race played a role in their sentencing. Since the law took effect in 2009, nearly everyone facing execution — not all of them black — has used it in hopes of reducing sentences to life in prison.
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ALERT: RJA Repeal Moves to NC House Floor PDF Print E-mail
May 29, 2013

This morning, the NC House Judiciary Subcommittee B voted 9 - 4 in support of repealing the NC Racial Justice Act and restarting executions in North Carolina.

The bill, Senate Bill 306, now moves to the NC House floor, potentially as early as tomorrow.
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North Carolinians: Keep Working for Justice PDF Print E-mail
May 22, 2013

The bill to restart executions and repeal the NC Racial Justice Act was taken up by the NC House Judiciary Subcommittee B this morning.

The committee did not vote on the bill, Senate Bill 306, but instead allowed time for public comment and debate. A follow-up hearing on the bill has not yet been scheduled.
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Orange County, NC Spoke Up PDF Print E-mail
April 30, 2013

Last week the Orange County, NC Board of Commissioners voted in support of People of Faith Against the Death Penalty's death penalty repeal resolution.

The Board of Commissioners joined Boone, Carrboro, Chapel Hill, and Durham in calling on the state of North Carolina to repeal the death penalty.

Below are the verbatim comments by the six county commissioners who voted for repealing the death penalty and the one who voted against it.
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Catholic conference praises Maryland's abolishment of death penalty PDF Print E-mail
May 3, 2013

By Richard Szczepanowski
Catholic Standard

Maryland became the 18th state in the country - and the sixth in six years - to abolish the death penalty, as Gov. Martin O'Malley signed a measure May 2 that prohibits capital punishment in the state.

The legislation, which the Maryland Catholic Conference has sought for more than two decades, goes into effect Oct. 1. Mary Ellen Russell, executive director of the MCC, called the signing "a joyful moment and long-sought victory."

"This is a very exciting day. We have been waiting for it literally for decades," Russell said. "This has been a priority (for the MCC) for years. The Church has been a leading voice for life in all its stages. And this (repeal) is consistent with our pro-life message."
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PFADP at NC Legislature Wednesday on RJA PDF Print E-mail
April 8, 2013

Religious leaders from across North Carolina will speak at PFADP’s press conference against the repeal of the North Carolina Racial Justice Act and resumption of executions on Wednesday at the NC General Assembly in Raleigh.

More than 600 religious leaders across North Carolina called for passage of the Racial Justice Act before it became law in 2009.

When: 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Where: The press room of the Legislative Building, 16 W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC

We invite all religious leaders and concerned people of faith to join us.
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