How one law turned the clock back 50 years in North Carolina, and how one court decision can fix it.

In the 1990s and 2000s, North Carolina offered an exciting vision for the South: voting reforms dramatically increased black voter turnout, North Carolinians voted for Barack Obama in 2008, and in 2009 the state passed the Racial Justice Act (later repealed). Many folks viewed North Carolina as a state that had the potential to remain distinctly Southern without perpetuating the …