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NC Bishops Ask Catholics to Oppose Bill Threatening Racial Justice

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The Catholic Bishops of North Carolina are asking the faithful in the Diocese of Raleigh and the Diocese of Charlotte to join them in opposing a bill that would repeal the Racial Justice Act signed into law in 2009. That law put into place a procedure aimed at ending racial bias in the distribution of justice for capital crimes. In their request to Catholics in North Carolina through Catholic Voice NC, Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge and Most Reverend Peter J. Jugis note:

“The Racial Justice law places a barrier in the path of execution, making it more difficult to impose the death penalty if race is shown to be a factor that influences a death sentence.”

The NC Senate has recently passed and sent to the House a bill titled “No Discriminatory Purpose in Death Penalty (S-9).” The Bishops state that if passed by the House and signed into law, S-9 “threatens to undo all of our efforts” of 2009.

S-9 is scheduled for a House vote as early as Tuesday, June 14, 2011. Bishop Burbidge and Bishop Jugis are requesting the faithful to write their state representative asking that he/she not support the “No Discriminatory Purpose in Death Penalty" bill.

Contact for NC House members is available at Catholic Voice NC website.