Thursday, October 21, 2010

GOP Sends Out Misleading Mailing on the Racial Justice Act

The GOP has sent out a mailer attacking Rep. Holliman of Davidson County, making the absurd claim that the Racial Justice Act, which Holliman supported, would free convicted killers.

The statute, on its face, provides that persons on death row who can demonstrate racial discrimination by the state at the time of their sentencing can have their sentence converted to life without the possibility of parole.

Opponents have launched this unfair attack, making spurious claims clearly contradictory to the act itself.

The basic allegation, that Holliman is trying to undermine the death penalty, is especially absurd because Holliman's daughter Suzi was kidnapped, raped and murdered in 1985 when she was a 16-year-old high school senior. Holliman witnessed the execution of her murderer in 1998. Hard to imagine that Holliman is an opponent to the death penalty. Rather, it shows that even some death penalty supporters don't want their death penalty infected with racism. But I guess the GOP has never been terribly concerned about racial justice.

Rep. Holliman has demanded a retraction and apology. Hopefully the citizens of Davidson County won't be improperly influenced by this baseless smear.

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