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Death Penalty

Racial Justice Act repeal heard by NC House panel

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Opponents of a measure that would repeal North Carolina's Racial Justice Act for death row prisoners and seeks to restart executions after several years of legal battles say capital cases shouldn't be rushed because a person's life is on the line. Full story...
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Senate approves Goolsby's Racial Justice Act repeal

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videoThe state Senate agrees that the Racial Justice Act should be repealed completely in North Carolina as one way to restart executions after a more than six-year hiatus. Full story...
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Groups challenge Racial Justice Act repeal

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Opposition groups and some North Carolina lawmakers are voicing their disapproval of a bill they say will kick-start executions in the state. Full story...
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NC Senate panel backs Goolsby's execution rule changes

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video An effort by Senate Republicans that they say will kick-start the resumption of executions in North Carolina and get rid of the Racial Justice Act has been approved by a legislative committee. Full story...
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Goolsby discusses bill to repeal Racial Justice Act

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videoSen. Thom Goolsby vowed to end the de facto moratorium on the death penalty in North Carolina. Goolsby said District Attorneys statewide have called on him to try to repeal the Racial Justice Act. His proposal would completely repeal the law. Full story...
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Sen. Goolsby files bill to end 'de facto moratorium' on death penalty

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videoThe process for executing those sentenced to death in North Carolina would be streamlined under legislation presented in the NC General Assembly. Full story...
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Death penalty case gets started in Brunswick County

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videoA death penalty case is underway for a man accused of raping, killing and setting a mother of two on fire in 2008. A couple hundred potential jurors filed in to the Brunswick County Courthouse today for the trial of Carl Alston. Full story...
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Inmate's sentence switched from death to life

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A North Carolina inmate sentenced to death 15 years ago will instead serve a life sentence in prison. Full story...
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NC hearing held on reworked Racial Justice Act

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Prosecutors and defense attorneys have worked out a few details on how four North Carolina death row inmates will have their sentences reviewed under the reworked Racial Justice Act, but lawyers expect the cases to take years to resolve. Full story...
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Perdue vetoes death penalty bias law rollback

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Gov. Bev Perdue is vetoing legislation that rolls back a landmark North Carolina law allowing death row inmates to prove their sentence resulted from racial bias. Perdue's veto on Thursday is the second time she's stepped in to defend the Racial Justice Act. Full story...
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