On August 11, North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue signed the Racial Justice Act into law, making North Carolina only the second state in the country to allow death row prisoners to meaningfully challenge their death sentences if racial bias is evident. Historically, race (particularly race of the victim) has been a major factor in who does and does not get death sentences in North Carolina, and 35 inmates on North Carolinaâ€™s death row were put there by all-white juries. Congratulations to the North Carolina Coalition for a Moratorium and all others whose hard work has made the passage of this law a reality!
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Singapore: President Urged to Grant Clemency (UA 103/15)
Malaysian Kho Jabing, who has exhausted all legal appeals available to him, has applied for clemency from the President of Singapore on 27 April. If Kho Jabing’s appeal is rejected, he will be at risk of imminent execution.