Friday, June 01, 2007

Justice 6-01-07

Two bills that would change the death penalty in North Carolina were modified this week so that they can stay alive past last week's crossover deadline. One bill, House Bill 1691, would suspend executions in North Carolina for two years to allow the state to re-examine the administration of the death penalty and to ensure the penalty does not violate constitutional provisions against cruel and unusual punishment. The other bill, House Bill 1526 which I sponsored, would reduce the number of aggravating factors that make defendants eligible for the death penalty. The bill is intended to allow prosecutors to focus their resources on the worst crimes.

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