News&Observer: Racial Justice Act for death row appeals upheld

“A judge ruled Thursday to uphold North Carolina’s law allowing death row inmates to appeal their sentences based on claims of racial bias.

Forsyth County Superior Court Judge William Wood rejected arguments from prosecutors that the 2009 law was too vague, according to attorney Ken Rose, who represents one of two men whose cases were at issue before the judge.

Rose said Wood’s ruling bolsters what attorneys for the inmates have argued all along. “It’s very significant,” he said.

Tye Hunter, executive director of the Durham-based Center for Death Penalty Litigation, which has coordinated efforts to file cases on behalf of inmates under the new law, said Thursday the ruling was not a surprise.

“I thought the state’s arguments were borderline frivolous,” he said. “As legal arguments, I thought they were very weak.”

Full Article here: Racial Justice Act for death row appeals upheld



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