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Death Penalty

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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Murdered father's beliefs keep killer son from death penalty

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video The Brunswick County District Attorney's Office says it's one of the most unique cases it's ever seen. John Heller pleaded guilty to second degree murder of his own father. He avoided the death penalty because his father, an attorney, was against it. Full story...
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NC House panel votes to bar death row TVs

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A House committee has voted to prohibit North Carolina death row inmates from watching television, although the warden for the condemned prisoners warned removing the TVs could increase violence at Central Prison. 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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Springsteen addresses death penalty on NC stop

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Bruce Springsteen is coming to Greensboro, but while music is the order of the day he'll be doing more than playing his hits. 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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First hearing under NC's Racial Justice Act begins

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A hearing involving a killer who's the first on North Carolina's death row to use a new law to try to prove that race played a role in his sentence has begun in Fayetteville. Full story...
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Judge considers voiding NC inmate's death sentence

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A judge is considering whether North Carolina can keep a convicted killer on death row after nearly two decades. Full story...
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Gov. Perdue vetoes death-row racial bias bill

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North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue has vetoed a bill that would have essentially repealed a 2009 law designed to address alleged racial bias in death penalty cases. Full story...
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NC murder victims' relatives want Perdue veto

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Several relatives of people who were murdered hope to persuade North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue to veto a bill that would essentially repeal a 2009 law designed to address alleged racial bias in death penalty cases. Full story...
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NC senate panel votes to repeal death row law

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A Senate panel has voted to essentially repeal a landmark state law allowing death row inmates to appeal their sentences based on statistical evidence showing racial bias. Full story...
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