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Gov. Bev Perdue has signed the state’s Racial Justice Act into law, making North Carolina the second state to allow statistical data on race to be used when determining whether or not to put someone to death.

In short, the bill says that no person shall be executed because a judgment was sought or obtained on the basis of race.

It took the work of dozens of lawmakers to get the legislation approved.

“By passing the Racial Justice Act, we have infused antibody treatment into a system that is diseased with the infection of racism,” the Rev. Dr. William Barber, president of the N.C. NAACP, said.

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