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NC scholar's report calls for end to death penalty

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- An Appalachian State University professor says North Carolina's death penalty process is so full of flaws it should be repealed.

Matthew Robinson is scheduled to release his research Monday at the North Carolina Advocates for Justice office in Raleigh. Robinson says his report shows enough problems exist with the current process to warrant scrapping it.

Robinson will be joined by scholars from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Fayetteville State University.

The group hopes the report will influence debate in the General Assembly over a number of measures that could affect death penalty cases. Republican lawmakers have introduced bills to repeal the Racial Justice Act, which allows death row inmates to challenge their sentences by presenting evidence of racial bias.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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