Innocent? That’s the breaks

By: - June 13, 2005 7:23 am

Innocent? That’s the breaks
We’ll keep executing people while we study whether they’re guilty or not. That’s what passes for a compromise in the N.C. House.

After two people on North Carolina’s death row were discovered to be innocent – in one case because prosecutors broke the rules – a bill to study the fairness of our death penalty procedures was introduced. The study was to take two years, and during that time, no convicts were to be executed.

But lawmakers who’re part of what some might call "a culture of death" won’t go along. They say the bill is a clever trick aimed at getting rid of the death penalty. (more…)

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Chris Fitzsimon

Chris Fitzsimon, Founder and Executive Director of N.C. Policy Watch, writes the Fitzsimon File, delivers a radio commentary broadcast on WRAL-FM and hosts "News and Views," a weekly radio news magazine that airs on multiple stations across North Carolina. [email protected] 919-861-2066