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Fight over Racial Justice Act centers on a theoretical possibility (access required)

Could convicted killers inadvertently be set free by the act? Probably not, but ‘courts do surprising things’

RALEIGH (AP) — When critics of the Racial Justice Act recently made their case at the General Assembly, they used an attention-grabbing scenario to argue that the law is fatally flawed: the prospect of North Carolina’s worst murderers roaming the streets, free on parole. Republicans in the state Senate who voted to approve a bill that would essentially repeal the Racial Justice Act, and prosecutors who support the effort, argue that it could happen to convicts who successfully appeal their death sentences under the disputed law. But legal experts say it’s not so simple, especially because none of the appeals filed under the 2009 law has been decided in court yet.

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