Lawyers before North Carolina appellate court discuss cutoff for sterilization compensation

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RALEIGH, North Carolina — Attorneys representing the estates of three people sterilized under North Carolina's former eugenics program say they shouldn't be denied monetary compensation just because the General Assembly required they be alive to qualify.

WRAL-TV reported ( ) lawyers made arguments Monday before a panel of the state Court of Appeals, which is hearing complaints about a 2013 law setting the compensation.

More than 200 qualifying victims have since received $35,000 each. The law offered compensation for those sterilized involuntarily through the former state Eugenics Board and were living as of June 30, 2013.

Lawyer Elizabeth Haddix says the date is arbitrary and unfair to victims' heirs. But state attorney Amar Majmundar told the judges the date wasn't random, and the legislature meant to compensate living individuals.

A ruling may be months away.

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