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From WWAY News: "THE RANT" - Local defense attorney strongly against Sen. Goolsby's death penalty bill
March 19, 2013

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (OPEN LETTER FROM DEFENSE ATTORNEY JAMES PAYNE ON WWAY'S 'THE RANT') -- The recent movement to repeal the Racial Justice Act (RJA) sends the message that racial discrimination is acceptable in the North Carolina justice system.

The public posture that the RJA is an “end run” around the execution of death row inmates unfortunately masks the true object of the Act: to spare the lives of those who suffered from discrimination in the very trial that placed them on death row. The purpose of the RJA, enacted in 2009, is to take those convicted murderers on death row who arrived there as a result of discrimination in their trial and place them in prison for the rest of their natural lives (Life Without the Possibility of Parole).

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