Friday, April 20, 2012

North Carolina Law Used to Set Aside a Death Sentence of Marcus Robinson

A North Carolina judge concluded that racial bias played a significant factor when Marcus Reymond Robinson was sentenced to death 18 years ago, the first such decision under the Racial Justice Act.

Superior Court Judge Greg Weeks ruled Friday in Fayetteville that, since race played a significant factor in his sentence, death row inmate Marcus Robinson's sentence should be vacated.
Weeks then converted Robinson's sentence to life without parole.

North Carolina's 2009 Racial Justice Act allows death row prisoners and capital murder defendants to use statistics and other evidence to show racial bias played a significant role in prosecutors' decisions or their sentences.

North Carolina and Kentucky are the only states with laws like it.
Robinson's case is the first test of that law. Prosecutors said they would appeal Weeks' ruling.

Read the judge's decision:

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