Winston Salem Journal: Reverse-bias claim a legitimate point

“Carl Stephen Moseley, 44, is the only one of the 12 death-row inmates with ties to Forsyth County who raised the issue of “reverse discrimination” in his filing. It’s not clear how many other death-row inmates in the state have raised similar issues in their motions. Of the 148 death-row inmates who have filed claims, 53 are white.

It may be an unusual claim, legal experts say, but not necessarily an illegitimate one.”

“Moseley’s motion, however, points out other statistics showing racial disparities involving white defendants:”

• “All of the 12 people executed in North Carolina from 1984, after the death penalty was reinstated, to 1999 were white. In contrast, all of the 13 people executed between 1951 and 1961 were black.”

• “From 1990 to 1994, whites were 2.5 times more likely than nonwhites to go to trial and face a death sentence, and whites were 3.3 times more likely to be sentenced to death.”

• “Between 1990 and 1999, prosecutors across the state sought the death penalty against 24.8 percent of white murder defendants but only 13.2 percent of nonwhite defendants.”

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