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Racial Justice Act

Legislature awaits Perdue decisions on bills

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The North Carolina General Assembly is playing a waiting game with Gov. Bev Perdue and her responses to three significant bills on her desk as they prepare to leave town, possibly for the rest of the year. Full story...
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NC death penalty bias law heading to governor

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The Legislature has given its final approval to a bill limiting the use of statistics in a 2009 law designed to give people on North Carolina's death row another method to prove racial bias in sentencing. Full story...
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NC GOP seeks sharp limits to racial justice law

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North Carolina lawmakers are proposing legislation to all but erase the ability of convicted killers to prove racial discrimination led to their death penalty conviction. Full story...
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Judge: Race played role in NC racial justice case

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A North Carolina judge has ruled in a precedent-setting case that race was a factor in prosecution decisions to reject potential jurors who were black. Full story...
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Attorneys asking for racial fairness to be ensured in murder trial and statewide

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Attorneys are asking the judge in the Racial Justice Act hearing to ensure fairness in the case of Marcus Robinson as well as in the North Carolina court system. Full story...
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Hearing involving NC Racial Justice Act continues

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The first evidentiary hearing involving North Carolina's Racial Justice Act appears to be nearing the end in a Cumberland County courtroom. Full story...
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NC Racial Justice Act hearing continues

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The first evidentiary hearing involving the state's Racial Justice Act is scheduled to continue this week in a Cumberland County courtroom, where prosecutors plan to call four more current or former judges to testify. Full story...
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NC House panel meets to review death penalty, race

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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. Full story...
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NC House panel meets to review death penalty, race

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A House committee examining whether North Carolina laws should change based on evidence of racial bias in death penalty cases is holding its first meeting. Full story...
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Testimony continues in Racial Justice Act hearing

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A Tufts University professor is testifying in the first evidentiary hearing involving North Carolina's Racial Justice Act about what he calls unconscious or implicit racism. Full story...
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