Historically, North Carolina has been a national leader in death sentences, the size of its death row, and the number of executions per year. We're ranked in the top 10 in those categories for years.
This came toa screeching halt in 2006 when the state carried out its last execution. For a varieity of reasons -- most notably problems with the lethal injection process (like finding a doctor willing to do it!), the state halted executions.
North Carolina became only the second state in the nation with such a law, behind only Kentucky. And sure enough, nearly everyone on death row in the state filed a Racial Justice Act claim challenging their death sentence.
Now, the Republicans have taken over the General Assembly and one of their goals is to do away with this law.
Another is to restart executions.
"Although other priorities—balancing the budget and easing unemployment—are expected to take precedence, incoming House Majority Leader Paul "Skip" Stam, R-Wake, has said he's pushing to repeal the Racial Justice Act."
I have no doubt they will get their way.