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Four People Could Face Execution Again After Their Death Sentences Were Thrown Out In Court

Think Progress | Posted 04.14.2014 | Black Voices

Four people in North Carolina removed from death row could soon face the death penalty again. The North Carolina Supreme Court will hear two cases Mon...

Bringing Back The Death Penalty

Richard Brand | Posted 06.15.2013 | Religion
Richard Brand

Now that the Republicans are calling all of the shots in North Carolina, they have introduced a bill that says that no doctor can be punished for helping the state perform the legal executions.

An Open Letter to the North Carolina Legislature

Jamison Doran | Posted 04.04.2013 | Politics
Jamison Doran

Friends in D.C. often greet me with, "What the hell is going on down in your home state?" I'm getting awfully tired of trying to defend the state as a whole by writing those in the legislature in Raleigh off as ideologues. It is getting harder and harder to do so.

Sweeping Ruling About Racial Bias in Capital Jury Selection Shows the Need for Sweeping Reforms

Cassy Stubbs | Posted 02.17.2013 | Politics
Cassy Stubbs

Last week, North Carolina state Judge Gregory Weeks issued a sweeping ruling setting aside the death sentences of three North Carolina prisoners because of a wealth of evidence proving the prosecutors' racial bias in jury selection.

Sarah Bufkin

NC Landmark Racial Justice Law Faces First Test After GOP Almost Repealed Statute Entirely | Sarah Bufkin | Posted 10.15.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Following eight days of highly-charged hearings that highlighted the still-problematic role that race plays in North Carolina's criminal...

Lawmakers Override Governor's Race-Bias Death-Row Veto

Reuters | Posted 09.01.2012 | Politics

By Wade Rawlins RALEIGH, N.C., July 2 (Reuters) - North Carolina's Republican-led legislature voted on Monday to override Democratic ...

40 years after Furman, the U.S. Death Penalty Is In Disarray

David A. Love | Posted 08.28.2012 | Black Voices
David A. Love

Well, not only is the death penalty irretrievably broken, it is inherently broken. Four decades after the Furman decision, this is as clear as ever. Had the death penalty been a product, it would have been judged as shoddy, defective and unreliable.

N.C. Racial Justice Act Vote Threatens State's Progressive Streak

Ben Jealous | Posted 08.26.2012 | Politics
Ben Jealous

If our representatives want North Carolina to prosper in the coming decades, they need to stop attacking communities of color, low-income communities and others who disagree with them. Otherwise they will drag North Carolina backwards in history.

A Case for Statistics and a Victory for Justice

Cassy Stubbs | Posted 06.20.2012 | Politics
Cassy Stubbs

In a remarkable victory over racial bias in the death penalty, Marcus Robinson will not be executed by the State of North Carolina but will instead spend the rest of his life in prison after a judge ruled today that his death sentence was tainted by racial discrimination in jury selection.

N.C. Senate Votes To Revise Racial Justice Act | Posted 11.29.2011 | Black Voices

North Carolina Governor Bev Purdue is a signature away from permanently changing the state's Racial Justice Act. On Nov. 28, the state Senate vote...