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Perdue vetoes death penalty bias law rollback

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EMERY P. DALESIO
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Gov. Bev Perdue is vetoing legislation that rolls back a landmark North Carolina law allowing death row inmates to prove their sentence resulted from racial bias.

Perdue's veto on Thursday is the second time she's stepped in to defend the Racial Justice Act.

Perdue in December vetoed other legislation that would have essentially voided the law. The General Assembly this time has veto-proof majorities in both chambers supporting changes.

The law Perdue vetoed would allow convicts to offer statistics they think prove racial bias from a 12-year-span surrounding a murder case. There is currently no limit on the time.

Statistics also would be limited to conduct of prosecutors near where the murder occurred, rather than anywhere in the entire state as the current law allows.

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