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Bill restarting executions advances in House

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Thom Goolsby

Mark Rabil

Posted: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 9:18 pm

RALEIGH - A state House panel endorsed a bill Wednesday that repeals a procedure for condemned inmates to challenge death sentences on racial grounds, sending the measure to the full House for final passage.

The bill is intended to restart executions in the state by ending the Racial Justice Act, which was passed four years ago when Democrats controlled state government. The act allows a judge to reduce a death sentence to life in prison if race is found to be a significant factor in the case.

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