Racial Justice Act Hearing Continues

The first evidentiary hearing involving the state's Racial Justice Act is scheduled to continue this week in a Cumberland County courtroom, where prosecutors plan to call four more current or former judges to testify.

The Fayetteville Observer reported (http://bit.ly/yrGXTz ) that the hearing resumes Monday in the case of convicted killer Marcus Robinson, who's trying to get his death sentence changed to life in prison without parole. Robinson is a black man convicted of killing a white teenager in 1991.

Robinson is trying to prove racism was involved in the selection of his jury or in the court system statewide. His jury had nine whites, two blacks and one American Indian.

Last week, the judge who presided over Robinson's trial testified, as did the trial prosecutor, who's now a judge.

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  • by Mike Location: K-Town on Feb 13, 2012 at 04:10 PM
    If you willfully, deliberately, and maliciously take someones like, then your life should be forfeit as well, regardless of race.
  • by wenc on Feb 13, 2012 at 11:12 AM
    It's not that the jurors are black and white, it's the facts that jurors make their decision on!! Did the facts warrant the death penalty?
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      by voter on Feb 13, 2012 at 12:28 PM in reply to wenc
      like in the o j simpson trial?
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        by More Than Racial on Feb 13, 2012 at 04:45 PM in reply to voter
        O.J. Simpson "Got Away With Murder" partly because he had so many fans. Partly because the justice system is a farce and partly due to a defense "team" that made a circus out of the already carnival-like system & procedure. This is the problem. We need JUSTICE! We need FEAR to stop the most desperate criminals. Slaps on the wrist just isn't doing it anymore. You know it, I know it. Capital punishment is needed to instill this fear. Maybe in the distant future, we can relax the law. But until then, grow a backbone! Thicken your shell...or be faced with INCREASING violence, death and rampant crime. Good luck with you decision.

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