RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s prosecutors are almost unanimous in calling on legislators to repeal a law that allows
defendants on death row to appeal their sentences by showing evidence of racial bias.
A group that represents state district attorneys is planning a news conference in Raleigh on Wednesday to shine a spotlight on the prosecutors’ request that the state Senate strike down the Racial Justice Act.
In a letter sent Monday, the prosecutors said that if the 2009 law isn’t repealed, it will severely hamper the justice system’s ability to handle major cases.
North Carolina Advocates for Justice, a group that supports the law, has sent its own letter to Senate leader Phil Berger asking him to reaffirm the Legislature’s support the Racial Justice Act.
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