Friday, June 3, 2011

Costs of a repeal of the Racial Justice Act

Interesting editorial in the Gaston Gazette yesterday by a former ADA, Thomas Johnson, talking about the Republicans plans (and likely soon to be successful plot) to repeal the racial justice act.

Johnson challenges Republican numbers on the cost of RJA. In fact, a repeal may ultimately result in more litigation costs than the act itself. The proposal isn't about money. What the proposed repeal is really about is preventing continued exposure of the lop-sided reality of the death penalty in North Carolina.

Can anyone really say they need more studies do we need showing bias before they are convinced?

But as usual the political answer is to pretend the bias doesn't exist, rather than to deal with it.

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