FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Concluding that racial bias played a significant factor in a death sentence here 18 years ago, a judge on Friday ordered that it be changed to life in prison without parole, the first such decision under North Carolina’s controversial Racial Justice Act.
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Editorial: Justice Under North Carolina’s Racial Bias Law (April 21, 2012)
Andrew Craft/The Fayetteville Observer, via Associated PressThe landmark ruling could be the first of many under the law, which allows future defendants and current death row inmates to present evidence, including statistical patterns, suggesting that race played a major role in their being sentenced to death.
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Racial Justice Act Used to Set Aside North Carolina Death Sentence, Says NYT
The US Supreme Court doesn't care that death penalty sentences are often color-aroused, but state laws and state courts in North Carolina and elsewhere are recognizing this fundamental miscarriage of color-aroused injustice, reports the NYT.