Although these pieces were written some time ago, the concerns are still the same.
Visit other posts on this topic below on thejourneyofhope blogsite and also visit The People of Faith Against the Death Penalty site pfadp.org
Winston Salem Journal: NC NAACP Statement on HB615
April 6, 2011 by wncdpr
“The extreme right wing that has apparently seized control of the North Carolina Republican Party chose April 4th, a day that lives in infamy in the hearts and minds of all justice-minded Americans, to introduce a law against Racial Justice,” said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, President of the N.C. NAACP. ”On the 43rd anniversary of Dr. King’s murder, which many historians believe not only killed a prophet but set back the cause of racial and economic justice in America, Tea Party forces attacked the nationally-recognized North Carolina Racial Justice Act. Dr. King, his widow, the late Coretta Scott King, and the millions of participants in the movement he led, would have all supported the Racial Justice Act. This extreme right wing race-baiting attack is misguided, mean, and malicious especially when we know the death penalty is too often applied in a way that is a modern day form of racism and classism.”
Much more at the link: NC NAACP State on HB615
Filed under Racial Discrimination in Capital Cases, Racial Justice Act, Raising Awareness of the Death Penalty
The Truth About HB 615, Falsely Named “An Act to Reform the Racial Justice Act”
April 5, 2011 by wncdpr
Our general assembly is attempting to ignore racial disparities in our system of law. KNOW THE FACTS:
* HB 615 does NOT amend the NC Racial Justice Act, it renders it meaningless. HB615 is, in fact, a repeal of the Racial Justice Act.
* Active litigation of Racial Justice Act claims has been conducted in an efficient and cost-effective manner in front of a single Forsyth County Superior Court judge.
* The Forsyth County judge recently ruled that the Racial Justice Act is constitutional.
* The Forsyth County judge made clear in his ruling that both statistics and individual case facts can be considered in each case.
* The RJA is consistent with McCleskey v. Kemp and the Forsyth County judge said that it is consistent. The US Supreme Court held in McCleskey that this is a matter for state legislatures.
* No one will be released under the Racial Justice Act. The law requires those who prove discrimination to serve the rest of their lives in prison without possibility of parole.
* Because inmates rightfully and legally filed motions under a constitutional law, passage of the proposed amendment would end up costing the state more money in legal actions than it would to continue the Racial Justice Act litigation as it is currently proceeding.
* Major research studies recently found significant racial bias in jury selection and with regards to race of victim in North Carolina. (Michigan State University School of Law, University of Colorado at Boulder) A repeal of the Racial Justice Act would mean that North Carolina chose to ignore demonstrated racial discrimination in our criminal justice system.
* For those who are currently on death row, 33 cases had all-white juries and 40 had juries with a single person of color.
* The Racial Justice Act was enacted with support by a majority of North Carolinians: 58% of polled registered voters said defendants should not be executed if a judge finds that racial bias played a role in their trials. (Public Policy Polling, November 2010)
* We have a history of racism in North Carolina that necessitates the U.S. Department of Justice pre-clear our legislative district maps.
There has been at least one poll out in April to show the validity of the above statements which concludes that Whites and other racial groups should also be allowed similar treatment.