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Prosecutors Learn To Fight Racial Justice Act

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Supreme Court or State Justice Building at the State Capitol Building complex at Raleigh North Carolina. (credit: Dennis Macdonald/GettyImages)

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — About 60 prosecutors from North Carolina are learning how to fight motions filed under the Racial Justice Act.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that the prosecutors were meeting Thursday in Forsyth County to learn how to fight motions filed under the 2009 law. It allows death row prisoners to use statistics and other evidence to try to prove race proved a significant role in their sentences.

If they’re successful, their sentences are reduced to life in prison without parole. One sentence has been reduced so far.

The training session is being held at an undisclosed location and isn’t open to the public. Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neill said he didn’t know the cost, but said the bills will go to the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts.

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