Friday, September 15, 2006


"NC Legislative Hearing on Race & the Death Penalty"

Excerpt from an email I received:

NC House Select Committee on Capital Punishment Hearing
Date: Friday, Sept. 22, 2006 - 10am
Location: NC General Assembly - Legislative Office Bldg (Room 643), Raleigh, NC

The NC House Select Committee on Capital Punishment will hold a hearing on race and the death penalty on Friday, September 22, 2006 at 10am at the NC General Assembly in Raleigh. The Carolina Justice Policy Center encourages you to attend this hearing and to bring others. We strongly encourage racial and ethnic minority organizations to spread the word about this hearing and to bring your members.

As you may know from previous CJPC alerts, African Americans are 3.5 times more likely to receive the death penalty if the victim is white, a former NC prosecutor gave his assistant district attorneys "noose lapel pins" as awards for winning death penalty cases and saw nothing wrong with such a practice, and attorneys continue to find cases where African Americans in NC have been illegally kept off of juries or sentenced by all-white juries. Such inequities must be addressed and we hope that we will have your continued support. Please let us know if you or others will be attending the hearing.

Also, please let me know if I can provide more information about the upcoming hearing or the scheduled topic. Please forward this email to friends who may be interested in attending.

Here is the legislative calendar. Here are the House Select Committees.

I wonder if that 3.5 times higher likelihood is statistically significant?
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