Court: State can deny eu­gen­ics re­dress

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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.

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