Repealing the Racial Justice Act in North Carolina

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

North Carolina State Capitol in Raleigh (NC Culture/flickr)

North Carolina's complex history of racial segregation could be about to get more complex. In 2009, its Racial Justice Act became the first statute in the nation to reduce death row inmates’ sentences to life without parole if they could prove that the sentence was influenced by racial bias. 

Now the statue is under threat. A bill to repeal it passed the State House last year and now it looks set to pass the Senate. While the bill wouldn't completely repeal the Racial Justice Act, it would greatly limit an inmate's ability to show bias through race, making the bill redundant. Neil Vidmar is a professor of law and psychology at Duke Law School.

Guests:

Professor Neil Vidmar

Produced by:

Paul R. Smith

Comments [2]

Glenn from Denver

North Carlonia is racing to re-establish "Jim Crow" laws,now known as "James." The enactment of their voter suppression laws with a .0000002% incident rate of voter fraud and then gutting the Racial Justice Act with a much, much greater percentage rate of black people being but to death due to racial prejudice in the judicial process. Aren't these folks 'right to lifers?' What about the lives of black folks? What's next? Shows you what Rebulican leadership in a state is all about these days! Lets legislate for something that's real and not imaginary!

Jun. 19 2012 11:47 AM
Rick Evans from 21702

It would be nice if you folks would finally get your timing act together when interviewing guests. Celeste cut off a guest just as he was giving is 'third reason' to go to local station messages.

Your frequent cutting off of interviewees mid sentence to accommodate local station breaks, messages and promos are rude, obnoxious and subtract from informing listeners.

How about recording some interviews in advance and fitting them into your time segments. What you're doing now is not working and you have been using this style of interviewing since the show's premier.

Jun. 19 2012 06:37 AM

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