Racial Justice Act For Death Row Appeals Upheld

A judge has upheld a North Carolina law designed to allow death row inmates to appeal their sentences based on racial bias.

Attorney Ken Rose said that Forsyth County Superior Court Judge William Wood upheld the Racial Justice Act in a ruling from the bench Thursday.

Wood says the judge rejected arguments from prosecutors that the 2009 law was too vague and failed to provide key guidelines and procedures.

Prosecutors say most of North Carolina's 158 death row inmates are trying to use the law to overturn their sentences, including what they say are absurd challenges from white inmates convicted of killing white victims.

Rose says the ruling bolsters the racial arguments defense attorneys have made about the state's application of the death penalty.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Anonymous on Feb 12, 2011 at 11:17 AM
    are these same people going to demand justice for the victims??? probably not!
  • by Bump 'Em Off on Feb 11, 2011 at 06:14 AM
    Start enforcing the "Death Penalty" and stop listening to lawyers.
  • by me Location: bayboro on Feb 10, 2011 at 05:09 PM
    Lawyers and clients are in most cases are a plague on America.
  • by me Location: bayboro on Feb 10, 2011 at 02:15 PM
    Who gets the laws passed? Lawyers that is who. They will do anything to make money.
  • by Jimmy Location: ENC on Feb 10, 2011 at 12:46 PM
    Just another way for the lawyers to make more money. The defendant and his or her lawyer had a chance to accept or reject each jury member as the jury was seated. Why didn't someone object then.
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