The North Carolina General Assembly voted to repeal the Racial Justice Act enacted in 2009. Why?
What was the purpose of having enacted such legislation to begin with? What was the purpose of calling it: "The Racial Justice Act." Racial Justice strikes me as an honorable objective. What's confusing to me is "Actual innocence." Either you are innocent, or you are not innocent. Another entity I find interesting is one that calls itself: N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law. Isn't that what our courts are?
You would think so; but there is some controversy about FairJudges.net, a 527 tax-exempt organization created by a former N.C. Supreme Court Judge, that ran campaign ads in 2006 that said: "Fairness. It's the most important quality a judge can have...judges who will treat all people fairly."
That's interesting because it was on the watch of Chief Judge Burley Mitchell, that my First Amendment case of symbolic speech was denied by the court in 1992.
North Carolina legislators, judges, politicians have the propensity of throwing out such purposeful sounding names i.e, Actual Innocence, N.C. Institute of Constitutional Law, and FairJudges.net, in juxtaposition to their motto: "To be rather than to seem."
According to news reports the N.C. Conference of District attorneys petitioned the General Assembly to repeal the newly enacted Racial Justice Act, signed into law in 2009 by Governor bev. Perdue.
Perdue is now set to repeal the act. They say it is because of fear that using statistics to prove bias would let 157 inmates appeal their death sentences, because it's is alleged that during voir dire, blacks were screened preemptively from the jury panel by white prosecutors.
I think there is another reason. You see, Gov. Perdue was sent a claim for exoneration, and remedy of redress, compensation for a First Amendment, Free Speech case sent by Certified Mail to her previous spokesperson, Chrissy Pearson, and Perdue's General Counsel. Both have since resigned.
Jon Romano is now said to be Perdue's new communications didrector, replacing Pearson, who left 2-3 months ago.
Another interesting question is: "Why was a resolution to the legislators signed by all but two of the district attorneys in North Carolina? And, who were they? What were their motive for not signing?
A writer of American Detective fiction, Rex Todhunter Stout, says: "...Statistics are of two kind, the kind you look up, and the kind you make up."
If statistical findings from a Michigan State University law school research show that black defendants who killed a white person in North Carolina--or, let's say offended a white person [finger gesture]-- were more likely to be sentenced to death, or fined respectively, 2 1/2 more times, than if the person was not white, then let N.C. law schools prepare for the State of North Carolina statistics to show otherwise, which the N.C. General Assembly can then use to dismantle the Racial Justice Act.