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Group Launches Bid To Repeal NC Death Penalty

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People of Faith Against the Death Penalty will announce the campaign Friday in Raleigh. The group wants to secure 1,000 resolutions from religious groups, local governments and community organizations calling for an end to capital punishment in the state.

They also plan to circulate a petition modeled on their drive for a moratorium in 1999. At that time, the group gathered more than 50,000 signatures.

The campaign kicks off days after the state Senate voted to repeal the Racial Justice Act, which allows death row inmates to appeal their sentences using statistical evidence to argue that racial bias played a role in their cases.

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