Sunday, January 23, 2011
GOP to Repeal Racial Justice Act
Led by Paul "Skip" Stam, NC Republican legislators have indicated their intent to repeal the Racial Justice Act (see here). The act forbids execution in cases where evidence shows racial discrimination in jury selection or in decisions by the state to seek death.
This development is surprising, given that studies released (that were conducted in response to the act), demonstrated widespread discrimination by DA's offices around the state.
It looks like the Republicans want to sweep racial discrimination in capital murder cases under the rug, despite this widespread evidence and recent exonerations of numerous innocent black defenants from death row.