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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The state Senate agrees that the Racial Justice Act should be repealed completely in North Carolina as one way to restart executions after a more than six-year hiatus.

Senators voted along party lines Wednesday in favor of several changes to capital punishment laws. Some reflect a state court ruling that found doctors are required by state law to oversee executions. The bill also ends the 2009 law allowing death-row inmates to argue for a life sentence on the grounds of racial prejudice.

Bill sponsor Sen. Thom Goolsby of Wilmington says lawmakers have a moral obligation to ensure executions are carried out in accordance with state law. But Democratic opponents argue the Racial Justice Act has determined black residents have been unfairly left off capital murder juries.

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9 Comments on "Senate approves Goolsby’s Racial Justice Act repeal"

2015 years 9 months ago

Finally somebody who has the courage to stand up for equal rights, not black-only rights!

2015 years 9 months ago

I disapprove of this. I don’t approve of the death penalty.
why are people so quick to want to kill someone. Would not want it on my conscience that I put someone to death.

2015 years 9 months ago

a loved one of yours was murdered.

2015 years 9 months ago

Elaine, here’s the answer in a nutshell. Look up the New Hanover County Republican Party website and read the bios of the idiots who are in charge.

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2015 years 9 months ago

Ask this question of murders, and you may find an answer in it somewhere. Maybe it boils down to “An eye for an eye………”

2015 years 9 months ago

If we had come farther in our evolution towards equality in NC, I would not feel bad about such a bill. But we are no where near ready to trust the lives of poor people, minorities and/or immigrants to many in NC; lawyers, judges or citizen juries. We still need the law to protect the least of us.

2015 years 9 months ago


2015 years 9 months ago

Erl, glad to see that you are still an imbecile.

2015 years 9 months ago

Thank you Tom G.

Thank you Senate
As 98% know it was a run around.


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