SB 306 “Capital Punishments/Amendments” was signed by Gov. Pat McCrory on Wednesday behind closed doors. While family members of murder victims would have like to have been present, they are relieved that the bill has been signed.
“The policy implementation of the law was seriously flawed. Nearly every person on death row, regardless of race, has appealed their death sentence under the Racial Justice Act,” stated Gov. McCrory. “The state’s district attorneys are nearly unanimous in their bi-partisan conclusion that the Racial Justice Act created a judicial loophole to avoid the death penalty and not a path to justice.”
While the journey to justice is far from over for some families, they are relieved that other families with similar situations will not have to go through the time, emotion, and turmoil they suffered under the Racial Justice Act.