“The citizens of North Carolina have not and will not sit by and allow the extremists to take control of the State. Governor McCrory, you have been put on notice.”
In an NC NAACP press release found on the Episcopal Church of the Advocate website, William Barber, the group’s president, decried Gov. McCrory’s signing of the bill that repealed the Racial Justice Act.
While the liberal Left has always argued that their support of the Act was not about the death penalty, it is generally believed that the passage of the Act effectively put an end to executions in North Carolina and the repeal would make way for the first execution since 2006. In the release, Barber admitted that the NC NAACP has always opposed the death penalty, saying that the act passed in 2009 allowed men and women on death row to change their death sentences to life without parole, if they could prove racial bias in death sentences imposed in cases at that time.
Before signing the bill, Gov. McCrory had said that the original law was so flawed that it “allowed nearly every person on death row to appeal unanimous jury decisions regardless of race.” The day after he signed the bill into law he said, “It was really going against the wishes of juries by unanimous vote, adding to another level of loopholes which I don’t think created the justice that we needed in North Carolina, so I was following the lead of a bipartisan group of DAs throughout the state.”
This warning was just the latest threatening communication from Barber to the Governor. In an earlier blog on Civitas Review we reported on an interview Barber gave to the American Prospect. In the interview, Barber talked about a letter he had delivered to the Governor;
“We just delivered a letter to the governor and the speaker saying, you’ve got the power to stop this. Just reconsider your attacks on Medicaid, voting rights, the unemployed, and the poor. If you don’t, then we will probably escalate in some ways – I’m not going to say how – because what they’re not going to do is live in peace while they hurt so many people and destroy so many lives.“