Five death row inmates seeking reduced sentences under a new North Carolina law that takes race into account could be the first of many.
The director of the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys says Tuesday's motions are no surprise.
Peg Dorer says district attorneys have been told by the office of state Attorney General Roy Cooper that everyone on death row is likely to file such a motion this month -- including white convicts.
Tuesday's motions, announced by the Durham-based Center for Death Penalty Litigation, were enabled by the 2009 Racial Justice Act. That law lets defendants use statistical evidence to show racial bias helped put them on death row.
The prisoners want their death sentences converted to life in prison.