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Public News Service - NC: Criminal Justice

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - Just days before the first hearing under the Racial Justice Act (RJA) is scheduled to take place, the state has filed a motion to have the African-American judge in the case recuse himself (withdraw) from the hearing. Cumberland County prosecutors claim Superior Court Judge Greg

RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina's murder rate continues to decline statewide, according to the FBI, down more than 19 percent in 2009 and lower again in 2010. In fact, the state's murder rate has been declining since 1991. At the same time, fewer defendants are receiving death sentences, and no one

RALEIGH, N.C. - They may be unlikely allies, but families of murder victims are working to protect the rights of inmates in North Carolina through the Racial Justice Act (RJA). It's the state law that allows inmates and defendants to challenge their death sentences if they can prove that race was a

BOONE, N.C. - "End the death penalty in North Carolina," suggests a recent study, which asserts that capital punishment is not a deterrent to criminals and costs the public more does than a sentence of life in prison. Another factor is the recent revelation that evidence has been mishandled by the s

RALEIGH, N.C. - Critics of a controversial proposal that backers say would reform the state's Racial Justice Act argue that the real goal of a handful of lawmakers is to repeal it. Five North Carolina lawmakers selected the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination to introduce a co

RALEIGH, N.C. - Men and women in North Carolina accused of crimes they did not commit, may have a more difficult time proving their innocence with new legislation currently before the state assembly. The legislation would take away laws that protect defendants when law enforcement fails to turn over

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - For the first time in state history, a Forsyth County judge will consider whether race played a roll in sentencing two men to death row. Under the Racial Justice Act of 2009, inmates Errol Moses and Carl Moseley were permitted to present evidence in court that race was a factor

RALEIGH, N.C. - A majority of people in North Carolina are willing to consider ending their state's death penalty, according to a new poll released today by the Fair Trial Initiative. The survey found that recent news of wrongful convictions and tainted forensic evidence at the State Bureau of Inves

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