WUNC: Race and the Death Penalty in N.C.

Under the Racial Justice Act, August 10, 2010 is the filing deadline for inmates on death row who want their cases reconsidered because of what they consider to be an unfair racial basis during the punishment phase of their trials. University of North Carolina Law School Professor Robert Mosteller and UNC historian Seth Kotch have taken a close look at the history of the role race has played in the implementation of the death penalty in North Carolina. They wrote an article for the North Carolina Law Review examining the pivotal cases in the state and the changes they brought about in the law. They confront the question: Have we changed the law enough to eliminate race from the death penalty? Mosteller and Kotch join host Frank Stasio to discuss the powerful history of capital punishment leading up to the Racial Justice Act in North Carolina.

«Link to the article

QuickTime audio of the discussion available through the link: Audio

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