NORTH CAROLINA (USA): PERDUE VETOES REWRITE OF RACIAL JUSTICE ACT
June 28, 2012: Gov. Bev Perdue today vetoed the bill that would have gutted the Racial Justice Act, the 2009 law that allows death-row inmates to try to convert their sentences to life in prison without parole by using statistical proof of racial bias.
â€śAs long as I am Governor, I will fight to make sure the death penalty stays on the books in North Carolina,â€ť Perdue said in a statement. â€śBut it has to be carried out fairly â€“ free of prejudice.â€ť
This bill was the General Assemblyâ€™s 2nd attempt to get rid of the Racial Justice Act.
Perdue vetoed that bill and the Legislature couldnâ€™t muster the votes to override it.
This time, however, the House had just enough votes to sustain an override. But it isnâ€™t certain that the Democrats who crossed party lines to vote with Republicans, would also vote to override the governor.
The law had passed the Senate on June 20, and had passed the House on June 13. (Source: News & Observer, San Francisco Chronicle, 28/06/2012)