North Carolina Pays Millions to Men Who Were Wrongly Convicted

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In a story that is almost painful to read, two North Carolina men have reached a settlement with North Carolina’s State Bureau of Investigation and its insurers after spending 31 years behind bars even though they were innocent. The men will be paid $12.475 million, but there’s no price that can be put on decades
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Racial Justice Act in General Assembly’s Crosshairs – Again

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As predicted, the North Carolina House of Representatives is considering a proposal that would radically alter the Racial Justice Act. As we have discussed, the act allows inmates and defendants sentenced to death to use statistics to prove that their trials were tainted by racial bias. If the court is persuaded, the offender’s sentence is
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North Carolina’s Racial Justice Act Put to Its First Test

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The Racial Justice Act, saved from repeal by Gov. Bev Perdue last December, faces its first real-life test this week. The law allows death row inmates to use statistics to prove that racial bias was a significant factor at trial, in sentencing or in denial of an appeal. If the petitioner succeeds, the sentence is
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Racial Bias Law and Controversy Around It Survive Repeal Effort

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With a stroke of her pen this morning, North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue preserved the state’s Racial Justice Law — for the moment. The governor’s veto of Senate Bill 9 allows the petitions of 154 death row inmates to proceed. The bill would have significantly changed the law by eliminating the admissibility of statistical evidence
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Legislators Propose Repeal of Racial Justice Act (p. 3)

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We’re wrapping up our discussion of a bill that’s sitting in a North Carolina House of Representatives committee, awaiting discussion and what’s sure to be a lively debate. The bill, HB 615, would “reform” the Racial Justice Act by forcing inmates sitting on death row to prove that their sentence was decided with a discriminatory
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