Sen. Goolsby files bill to end ‘de facto moratorium’ on death penalty

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Submitted: Thu, 03/14/2013 - 12:35am
Updated: Thu, 03/14/2013 - 12:56am

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The process for executing those sentenced to death in North Carolina would be streamlined under legislation presented in the NC General Assembly.

State Sen. Thom Goolsby introduced a measure Wednesday that makes several changes to laws governing the administration and appeal of capital punishment, including the complete repeal of the state’s Racial Justice Act already severely weakened by legislators last year.

The New Hanover County Republican and defense attorney decried that none of the 152 inmates on North Carolina’s death row have been executed since 2006 due to various legal appeals.

It was not immediately clear what, if any, impact the new bill would have on speeding up those pending cases. However, Goolsby said the legislature should send a strong message that the families of murder victims deserve justice.

(Copyright ©2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


  • Guest, Just Another says:

    Consequences for actions! He’s got my vote again! Thats what we need in our state government, people who do whats right for this state.

  • B M says:

    Tom is the man, wish Rabon would get in the game, the man has a lot of common sense for a politician and represents the everyday persons thoughts well.

  • Guest7777777 says:

    and this pretty much cinches it. The voters of his district made the correct decision.

  • Monkey Junction says:

    The state government should not be in the gambling/lottery business, the alcohol business or the death business.

  • trae says:

    The judicial system continues to be flawed. Overworked public defenders. A dubious witness system where other cons are used to testify against the defendant for reduced sentences. No the justice system is not fair especially if you are poor and minority. Just check the facts. Minorities receive in many cases harsh sentences including the death sentence while the evidence against them has been proven to be contrary to their convictions. When those who are in the minority become the majority these injustices can began to be dealt with, the process will only be in the infant stages of transforming our judicial system at that point. Until things change even one innocent person put to death is wrong and tragic.

  • CCRES says:

    Don’t put yourself in the position and you won’t have to worry about it. Don’t cry me this minority BS….I have heard the word minority to you make me want to turn racial and I have never had a racial bone in my body.
    For example, the pregnant lady in front of me at the grocary store last night who dug her EBT card out of her bra. She had three children there with her and about to burst with the next one. If you can’t afford to feed the three you have, then don’t have another. I am tired of supporting the whatever classification you want to call these people.

  • Fire the DAs says:

    Way to go Tom Goolsby. Something has to be done to let these thugs know that if you commit a serious crime you could pay for it with your life.

  • Vog46 says:

    But the thought of a defense attorney promulgating this disturbs me.


  • Mr.T says:

    the same people that champion voter ID, for a problem that doesn’t even exist, wouldn’t blink if we executed someone who didn’t commit the crime or failed to get fair representation at trial. We have no data on voter fraud but we have plenty of data on innocent prisoners on death row.
    For my money I would suggest that Mr. Goolsby and the rest of the Republicans stop nibbling the edges of the pie and start working on solving some real problems such as employment, education and roads for Southeast NC.

  • renoGuest says:

    vote twice really no evidence ……WELL

  • renoGuest says:

    This is one bill thats worth passing ! Way to go Tom .
    Once this one is passed maybe we can get hanging in a public square back for murder and anyone that harms a child . I will volunteer to pull the handle for these crimes.

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