Tuesday, August 11, 2009

NORTH CAROLINA heads up! Perdue signs RJA into Law!

Official photo courtesy of Gov. Beverly Perdue and Wikipedia

Gov. Beverly Perdue signs race, death penalty into law:

Tuesday, August 11, 2009 | 12:31 PM ET in RALEIGH -- North Carolina become the second state that allows defendants to try to prove race was a significant factor in a death sentence or that a prosecutor used race a factor in seeking the death penalty.Gov. Beverly Perdue signed the Racial Justice Act into law Tuesday morning. The General Assembly passed the law last week.The bill was sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Floyd McKissik (D-Durham) and in the House by Rep. Larry Womble (D-Forsyth), Rep. Earline Parmon (D-Forsyth), Rep. Paul Luebke (D-Durham) and Rep Pricey Harrison (D-Guilford).

"I have always been a supporter of death penalty, but I have always believed it must be carried out fairly," Perdue said. "The Racial Justice Act ensures that when North Carolina hands down our state's harshest punishment to our most heinous criminals the decision is based on the facts and the law, not racial prejudice."

For news articles announcing this major event, GO here and here

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