NC Judge Makes First Ruling Under Racial Justice Act

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A North Carolina judge delivered an historic ruling Friday — the first under the state’s Racial Justice Act. Superior Court Judge Greg Weeks re-sentenced Marcus Robinson, who was on death row for murdering a 17 year old in 1991, to life in prison without parole.

Robinson’s defense attorneys used a statistical study looking at the jury selection process in North Carolina capital cases between 1990 and 2010.

A writer for the American Civil Liberties Union calls the ruling a “remarkable victory over racial bias in the death penalty.”

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