Court: State can deny eugenics redress
RALEIGH | Surviving relatives of people involuntarily sterilized by the state of North Carolina decades ago can’t get state compensation because those victims died before a legal cutoff date that determines who’s qualified, a state appeals court affirmed Tuesday.
A Court of Appeals panel unanimously upheld decisions by a state commission to deny compensation to three estates. The North Carolina Industrial Commission oversees payments from $10 million set aside by the General Assembly in 2013.
About 7,600 people deemed “feeble-minded” or otherwise undesirable were sterilized between 1929 and 1974. The law said victims still alive on June 30, 2013 could qualify to receive the money.