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Bill that would change the Racial Justice Act moves to full House
Written by David Horn   
Tuesday, 12 June 2012 09:41

(RALEIGH) -- The state House is expected to take up a bill on Tuesday that would make changes to the Racial Justice Act.  A Judiciary Committee voted along party lines yesterday to rework the law.

Bill sponsor Representative Paul Stam of Apex said feedback from opponents to the changes have been taken into account. One revision to the proposed bill removes wording related to discovery sanctions.

"That was taken out based upon comments from opponents and agreed to by the DA's, or at least the DA's that I talked with," said Stam.

Ty Hunter, an attorney with the Center for Death Penalty Litigations, said the bill is still simply a vehicle to do away with the Racial Justice Act. "I think although there has been some change to the draperies of this bill, it's still a repeal bill and I think it is intended to be a repeal bill," said Hunter.

The current Racial Justice Act allows death row inmates to use statistics to persuade a judge that racial bias influenced their sentences.  Changes being proposed would require more than just statistics to prove racial bias.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 June 2012 00:00


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