The death penalty is always a hot topic in any discussion, but is HB 722 another back-door attempt to do away with the death penalty without addressing the issue itself? This week's Bad Bill of the Week is HB 722, “Capital Punishment/Severe Disabilities,” which would mandate that a killer who suffered from a “severe mental disability” when the crime was committed would not be sentenced to death.
HB 725 “Young Offenders Rehabilitation Act” otherwise known as “Raise the Age” was introduced to the public last week during a press conference. How much do you know about teenagers in the court system?
SB 306 has been introduced to North Carolina and “Capital Punishments/Amendments” would put an end to the appeals for The Racial Justice Act as well as end the Moratorium on the Death Penalty. When researching the Racial Justice Act you are likely to find information that has nothing to do with what the Racial Justice [...]
“The Devil is in the details” should be the theme of the Legislative Research Commission’s Age of Juvenile Offender Committee. This committee is meeting to discuss what to do about last year’s “Raise the Age” bill. HB632/S506 was proposed in 2011, and would allow 16- and 17-year-old offenders charged with misdemeanors to be placed into [...]
The closing arguments in North Carolina’s initial Racial Justice Act (RJA) concluded a few weeks ago in Fayetteville, and the public will be waiting for another one or two months for the ruling. Under the RJA, convicted murderers can appeal their sentence under the guise that race played a factor in their sentences. Curiously, appeals [...]
Opening an email sent by the Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce I saw something that caught my eye. The subject was “League of Women Voters to Provide Voter Education Training.” What really grabbed me, however, was the group involved: the very liberal Democracy North Carolina. I wanted to hear how Democracy North Carolina would educate [...]
In 2009, the NC General Assembly passed S.L. 2009-464, also known as the Racial Justice Act. The law provided that in capital cases defendants could use statistical evidence to prove racial bias in their case. If racial discrimination was ruled a factor in the defendant’s sentencing, the defendant’s sentence was then reduced to life without [...]
Juvenile Age to 18 (HB 632/SB 506), otherwise known as “Raise the Age,” seeks to modify the criminal court system by allowing minors (under age 18) charged with most misdemeanors to be tried in juvenile court. More serious felony charges committed by 16-17 year olds, on the other hand, would remain in adult court with [...]