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Legislators and others voice support for Racial Justice Act
Written by Gurnal Scott/David Horn   
Friday, 18 November 2011 11:56

(RALEIGH) -- A coalition of legislators, activists and advocates are responding to a call by many state prosecutors to repeal the Racial Justice Act. Supporters of the law came together to say there is a need for fairness.

Rep. Rick Glazier, Democrat from Cumberland County, said the intent of the law is clear. "The goal of this law was simply to finally answer the questions of race in these criminal cases and provide confidence to everyone in the state that our system truly can become color neutral," said Glazier.

He said repealing the law would mean allowing mistakes of the past to cloud convictions in court.

North Carolina NAACP President Rev. William Barber said the attorneys' priorities are misplaced. "They said that the district attorneys would lead this effort now because it's time that North Carolina's elected district attorneys would spend their time and resources upholding the law instead of waging a campaign to destroy it," said Barber.

The state's district attorneys are largely mounting an effort to roll back the law saying it focuses too much on race and not on the circumstances of a case.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 November 2011 00:00


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