Racial Justice Act Appeal Now in Supreme Court of North Carolina

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North Carolina’s Racial Justice Act was passed in 2009. It was intended to help defendants combat racial discrimination. Racial discrimination can, of course, be present in many forms. One way it has deeply affected the criminal justice system is in how some prosecutors selected juries, especially for trials that could end with a defendant’s receiving
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North Carolina One Step Closer to Repeal of Racial Justice Act P2

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The bill that would repeal North Carolina’s Racial Justice Act has not made it out of committee in the House of Representatives, but the bill’s authors are confident that it will pass and be signed during this session. Opponents of the Racial Justice Act have long contended that the law has served as a back-door
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Racial Justice Act Amended – or Gutted – over Governor’s Veto

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Efforts to keep the Racial Justice Act intact failed this year. Just two days after Gov. Bev Perdue vetoed SB 416, the senate and the house voted to override her veto. The amendments are now law, and the battle against racial prejudice in North Carolina’s justice system shifts gears; RJA supporters are now on the
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North Carolina Legislative Session Over, Crime Bills a Mixed Bag

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North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue signed several bills into law earlier this month that the state’s criminal defense attorneys have been following. The new laws will change penalties, for the most part. One new crime also enters the books. One of the most important but, perhaps, least surprising laws brings North Carolina into line with
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