The full House on Wednesday gave its final approval of a bill repealing the 2009 Racial Justice Act, which would re-start executions in North Carolina if it becomes law.
The legislation has to return to the Senate for concurrence in minor changes a House committee made to the bill earlier this month. Wednesday’s vote was 77-39, mostly along party lines.
Democrats say the Racial Justice Act, which allows convicted killers to petition to get off death row if they can prove racial bias in their cases, has been proven as necessary by a Cumberland County judge’s rulings in a handful of cases already. But Republicans say there are other ways of challenging whether a trial was free of bias or not.