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NC local prosecutor resigns from panel over veto

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SHELBY, NC (AP) -- A North Carolina district attorney has resigned from fellow Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue's crime policy panel because she vetoed a bill that would have essentially repealed a 2009 law focused on capital punishment and racial bias.

Cleveland and Lincoln county prosecutor Richard Shaffer told Perdue he is leaving the Governor's Crime Commission because of her veto last week on changes to the Racial Justice Act. Shaffer wrote Perdue saying the veto will delay the right of murder victims to receive justice and potentially could allow death row inmates to be released on parole.

Perdue and other Racial Justice Act supporters have argued repeatedly that no one can be released from prison because of the law.

The News & Record of Greensboro first reported Shaffer's resignation.
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Information from: News & Record, http://www.news-record.com

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