In 2009 the N.C. Legislature passed the "Racial Justice Act" (RJA), which deals with death sentences. It was amended in 2012. It states, among other things, that a death sentence will be set aside and replaced by a sentence of life without parole if the defendant proves that race is a significant factor in the use of peremptory strikes by the district attorney, either in the county or the prosecutorial district.
Carie Charlesworth had been a teacher at Holy Trinity School in El Cajon, Calif., for 14 years. She taught second grade. She was fired not for anything related to her performance in the classroom but because of the school’s fears that she could be a liability. Her four children were students there.
Today I walked over to look at “Silent Sam,” the statue of a Confederate soldier that stands at the north end of McCorkle Place on the UNC campus.
Americans are generous people. We are quick to reach into our pockets to help those in need. Local tragedies have caused us to respond with huge donations. The Boston Marathon attack, which produced numerous injuries and three deaths, has caused us to quickly donate large amounts of money. It dominated the news for several days, it was the main topic of talk shows and is still in the news.
However, our generosity wanes when a tragedy is far away from our shores.
In 1951, I was a soldier in the 25th division in Korea. My first day on the front line was memorable. Our squad was assigned to a small area and told to defend our positions. A sergeant pointed to a foxhole and said, "Stay there. Stay silent. Do not retreat." I went to the foxhoIe – and could not see my buddies.
Recently, there have been a number of meetings between TV executives and reporters. These meetings were the result of recent massacres, particularly the Newtown killings. A question posed by the reporters was whether any of the executives had plans to reduce the violence shown on TV.
The answer was no.
On Dec. 31, Gov. Beverly Perdue made three judicial appointments:
Last September, I read that North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby was the keynote speaker at a Tea Party gathering near Asheville.