Entries tagged with “Racial Justice Act

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Dec 21, 2015

North Carolina Court Reverses Racial Justice Act Ruling, Orders New Hearings

The North Carolina Supreme Court has reversed the his­toric rul­ings of a Cumberland County, N.C. tri­al court that had over­turned the death sen­tences of four North Carolina death-row pris­on­ers under the state’s Racial Justice Act. Ruling entire­ly on…

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Jul 25, 2011

North Carolina Court to Hear First Challenge under State’s Racial Justice Act

Marcus Robinson will be the first North Carolina death row inmate to have a sen­tenc­ing chal­lenge heard in court based on the state’s 2009 Racial Justice Act. According to the act, a death row inmate who can estab­lish through sta­tis­ti­cal s…

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Dec 18, 2015

North Carolina Racial Justice Act

In August 2009, North Carolina passed the Racial Justice Act, becom­ing the sec­ond state to allow courts to con­sid­er sta­tis­ti­cal evi­dence as proof of racial bias in the admin­is­tra­tion of the death penal­ty. As ini­tial­ly writte…

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Apr 11, 2014

North Carolina Supreme Court to Hear Racial Justice Act Cases

On April 14, the North Carolina Supreme Court will hear appeals in the cas­es of the four inmates whose death sen­tences were reduced to life with­out parole under the state’s Racial Justice Act. North Carolina passed the Act in 2009

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Feb 17, 2012

RACE: First Hearing Under Racial Justice Act Concludes in North Carolina

The first hear­ing to decide whether there has been sig­nif­i­cant evi­dence of racial dis­crim­i­na­tion in the appli­ca­tion of North Carolina’s death penal­ty was con­clud­ed on February 15. Cumberland County Judge Gregory A. Weeks, who pres…

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Jul 15, 2009

Racial Justice Act Passed In North Carolina House and Senate

On July 15, the House of Representatives of North Carolina vot­ed 61 – 53 to pass the Racial Justice Act. A sim­i­lar bill already passed the state sen­ate, though that bill con­tained an amend­ment to bypass some objec­tions to the state’…

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Aug 06, 2009

Racial Justice Act pass­es in North Carolina

On August 5, the North Carolina sen­ate passed a bill allow­ing pre-tri­al defen­dants and death-row inmates to chal­lenge the death penal­ty process through the use of sta­tis­ti­cal stud­ies. The Racial Justice Act allows…

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Apr 22, 2012

The Case of Marcus Robinson

Marcus Robinson was the first defen­dant to receive a hear­ing under North Carolina’s Racial Justice Act. His sen­tence was reduced to life with­out parole due to evi­dence of racial bias in jury selection.…