RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina Senate committee has forwarded a bill to put limits on the 2009 Racial Justice Act.
Committee members voted 10-6 to go along with the House changes Wednesday and the bill could make it to the full Senate later Wednesday.
The bill would limit a law that allows death row inmates to receive a life sentence if they prove racial prejudice in their cases. The law limits how statistics are used to prove discrimination. Opponents say the changes gut the intent of the law.
The House voted last week 72 to 47 to approve the bill, the exact number of votes supporters would need to override a potential veto by Gov. Bev Perdue. The governor previously vetoed a different attempt to scale back the Racial Justice Act.
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