Thursday, April 7, 2011

Republicans propose repeal of Racial Justice Act

After the RJA was passed, a study was completed that showed widespread bias in the capital punishment system. DA's were striking black jurors at a rate more than double of white jurors, and were more likely to seek and receive death sentences in cases with white victims.

This data calls into question the death penalty machinery, especially in cases from the 1990s and early 2000s.

How should we, as a society, best respond to this? Well, Skip Stam and the Republicans have an easy answer--repeal or gut the racial justice act and hope that this whole discrimination issue will just go away.

If passed by the Republican congress, Governor Purdue will have to choose whether to act on the side of justice and veto the legislation, or go along with the Republicans and sweep racial discrimination under the rug.

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