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Law Blog Doc Dump: Racial Justice Act Order

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Written By admin at Friday, April 20th, 2012

Our colleague Steve Eder was in Fayettville, N.C., today for Judge Gregory Weeks’s much-anticipated ruling in the first case brought under the state’s controversial Racial Justice Act. The 2009 law requires judges to change a capital sentence to life without parole if race is determined to have been a “significant factor” in the sentence.

As Eder reported here, Judge Weeks overturned the death sentence of Marcus Reymond Robinson, who was convicted in 1994 of murdering a white 17-year-old during a robbery. The judge said “prosecutors intentionally discriminated against” potential black jurors during jury selection.

The decision, embedded below, could set a precedent for what happens with the state’s 156 other condemned prisoners.

M Robinson RJA Order


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