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NC prosecutors want Racial Justice Act struck down

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s prosecutors are almost unanimous in calling on legislators to repeal a law that allows
defendants on death row to appeal their sentences by showing evidence of racial bias.

A group that represents state district attorneys is planning a news conference in Raleigh on Wednesday to shine a spotlight on the prosecutors’ request that the state Senate strike down the Racial Justice Act.

In a letter sent Monday, the prosecutors said that if the 2009 law isn’t repealed, it will severely hamper the justice system’s ability to handle major cases.

North Carolina Advocates for Justice, a group that supports the law, has sent its own letter to Senate leader Phil Berger asking him to reaffirm the Legislature’s support the Racial Justice Act.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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