NC judge to hear 4 Racial Justice Act appeals

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Four North Carolina death row inmates are scheduled to have their death sentences reviewed Friday morning under the Racial Justice Act.

A spokesman for the Durham-based Center for Death Penalty Litigation says the three men and one woman want to have their sentences reduced to life in prison under the original 2009 Racial Justice Act, not the amended version passed by the General Assembly last month.

Lawmakers recently rolled back the 2009 act that allowed inmates to appeal their sentences if they could prove their sentence resulted from racial bias.

Nearly all of North Carolina’s 150-plus death row inmates filed for reviews after the act passed.

Source: The Associated Press

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