North Carolina’s slogan is ‘first in flight’ but will it one day take on the title of ‘first in fairness’?
Last year the state passed the groundbreaking Racial Justice Act, designed to counteract the unfair influence of racism in death penalty cases. Now it is considering a bill that would exempt people with mental illness from the death penalty.
Mental illness can prevent defendants from understanding their charges, participating in their own defense and ultimately getting a fair trial. With limited help and services available, mental illness can become a nightmare for families and a threat to public safety. No one knows that better than David Kaczynski and Bill Babbit. Find out why in this issue of the EJEdition…