Illness on trial – Editorials –

With capital punishment unofficially on hold in North Carolina – there hasn’t been an execution since 2006 – the death penalty isn’t much in the news these days, or near the top of the General Assembly’s agenda. Yet there’s a common sense reform pending in the legislature that could bring more justice, and quite likely less cost, to certain murder trials in our state.

That would be to exempt people with a severe mental disability from the death penalty.

Don’t we already do that?

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