This is the last in the 3 part series including the Turner family and their experience with the Racial Justice Act. Roy Turner Jr. was killed in the line of duty and his parents are sharing their story about how they have been affected.
The Senate Committee on Judiciary I is meeting this morning about SB 306. SB 306 would repeal the Racial Justice Act and lift the moratorium on the Death Penalty here in North Carolina. This is the 2nd of 3 videos that shows what the Turner Family thinks and had to deal with in their Racial Justice Act Hearing.
“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 [...]
College Students are often thought of as two things: eager and broke – and a far-left extremist campaigning organization bases its whole process on this notion. Grassroots Campaigns, Inc. (GCI), a third-party progressive organization, is hired by the likes of MoveOn, Greenpeace and other leftist groups to do their bidding. Young, perhaps well-intentioned liberals are [...]
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 [...]
While much is written on the murderers and their allies who are using North Carolina’s Racial Justice Act (RJA) to try and get themselves off of death row, we seldom hear about the victims. Here’s one. The first victim of the RJA was Erik Tornblom, a 17-year-old from Fayetteville. In 1991, the high school senior [...]
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 [...]
On Monday evening, the North Carolina Senate sent a bill that would reverse prior legislation making capital punishment virtually impossible to Gov. Bev Perdue’s desk. Perdue’s office has not yet commented on whether or not she will veto the bill. Senate Bill 9, “No Discriminatory Purpose in Death Penalty”, would eliminate the use of statistical [...]
The “Occupy” movement has steadily encompassed major metropolitan areas across the nation as discontent spreads among Americans who have faced hardships in this harsh economic climate. Protesters have gathered here in Raleigh on the Capitol Grounds carrying signs and camping out to protest what they see as too much “corporate influence over our elections and [...]
The General Assembly worked tirelessly throughout the 2011 legislative session to push through hundreds of bills aimed at dismantling the old liberal guard. In the area of tort reform, several significant legislative improvements were offered with bi-partisan support. Two of the bills, HB 542, “Tort Reform for Citizens and Business” and HB 709, “Protect and [...]
The recent shooting spree against U.S. Democratic Congresswoman Gabriel Giffords of Arizona shocked the political world, a world already riddled with very little compromise and reliable uncertainty. Giffords has been heralded as a positive advocate for her constituents, a fighter who narrowly wins her district in a conservative-leaning state. When Giffords was shot in the head by a shooter described by both Republicans and Democrats as characteristically "unstable," she was participating in what many news reports detailed as Giffords doing what she loved best, which is communicating with the public in a town hall style meeting.
Passed by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2009, the “Racial Justice Act” inserted language into the law that removed the proverbial blindfold from the eyes of Lady Justice, and was only the second state in the union to do so. North Carolina now allows the use of statistical evidence – such as reviewing trends in 16,000 first-degree murder cases prosecuted in the state over the past 20 years – rather than testimony and fact.
When North Carolinians cast their votes this election season, they will be asked whether to amend the state constitution such that it would prohibit any convicted felon from serving as sheriff. The constitutional amendment serves as the General Assembly’s response to six instances of felons running in this year’s primaries for sheriff. All six candidates lost. The counties in which felons ran for sheriff include Avery, Dare, Davidson, McDowell, Washington and Wilkes. Surely, the notion that a convicted felon should not serve as sheriff is reasonable. Yet voters should inspect the proposal thoroughly before casting their ballot. The amendment would prohibit even those felons whose rights of citizenship are fully restored upon paying their debt to society from holding the office of sheriff. The full text of the amendment is as follows: “No person is eligible to serve as Sheriff if that person has been convicted of a felony against this State, the United States, or another state, whether or not that person has been restored to the rights of citizenship in the manner prescribed by law. Convicted of a felony includes the entry of a plea of guilty; a verdict or finding of guilt by a jury, judge, magistrate, or other adjudicating body, tribunal, or official, either civilian or military; or a plea of no contest, nolo contendere, or the equivalent.” Rarely has the notion that “politics makes for strange bedfellows” rang more true. The referendum represents a truly non-partisan issue as can be evidenced by the fact that BlueNC, a far-left blog, and ConservativeNC, obviously a right-wing blog, contain posts opposing the measure. Arguments in favor of the proposal legitimately claim that felons have exhibited poor judgment and thus do not live up to the high standards required to hold the office of sheriff. As such, a blanket prohibition is necessary to ensure that felons cannot be elected sheriff. Opponents argue that voters ought to decide on a case by cases basis whether a felon is worthy of the office of sheriff. Further, opponents have a point to that felons whose rights have been restored should not continue to be punished after having paid their debt to society. Essentially, the question is whether individuals should continue to be punished for their felonious transgressions even after each has paid his debt to society and had his rights of citizenship restored and, further, at what point in the political process the issue should be resolved. Before casting your ballot, consider the implications of your vote. Issues are rarely as clear as they appear on the surface. Do your due diligence because on Election Day, the decision is yours.