The state Senate on Wednesday approved a bill to repeal the Racial; Justice Act, and move past a moratorium on the death penalty
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP/WECT) - The 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the Racial Justice Act should be repealed completely in North Carolina as one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.
Senators voted along party lines Wednesday in favor of
several changes to capital punishment laws. Some reflect a state court ruling
that found doctors are required by state law to oversee executions. The bill
also ends the 2009 law allowing death-row inmates to argue for a life sentence
on the grounds of racial prejudice.
Bill sponsor Sen. Thom Goolsby of Wilmington says
lawmakers have a moral obligation to ensure executions are carried out in
accordance with state law. "Since 2006,
liberal death penalty opponents have orchestrated legal challenges to impede the
law in North Carolina," Goolsby said in a statement to WECT. "This legislation
will see to it that justice is served for the families of long silent victims, for
the juries of North Carolina who did their solemn duty and for the District
Attorneys who prosecuted these cases."
Democratic opponents argue the Racial Justice Act has
determined black residents have been unfairly left off capital murder juries.
The SB 306 now moves over to the House for debate. Click
here to read the entire text of the bill.
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