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NC House panel meets to review death penalty, race

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By GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- The first meeting by a General Assembly committee examining death penalty cases and racial bias in North Carolina again shows sharp differences about whether changes to the Racial Justice Act are needed.

The House Select Committee on Racial Discrimination in Capital Cases met Friday, a month after Republicans failed to override a veto by Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue of a bill to essentially repeal the 2009 law.

Committee chairman Rep. Tim Moore of Shelby says the panel will try to find consensus to address concerns by prosecutors and others about how the law is implemented.

House Minority Leader Joe Hackney of Orange County questioned why changes should be made to a law that is now being used. The first evidentiary hearing involving the Racial Justice Act continued Friday in Fayetteville.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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