USA: Judge finds racism in three more death penalty cases: Death sentences overturned under North Carolina’s Racial Justice Act

USA: Judge finds racism in three more death penalty cases: Death sentences overturned under North Carolina’s Racial Justice Act

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Index Number: AMR 51/100/2012
Date Published: 20 December 2012
Categories: USA

On 13 December 2012, a North Carolina judge overturned three more death sentences after scrutinizing them under the state’s Racial Justice Act (RJA). Cumberland County Superior Court Judge Gregory Weeks found that race had been a “significant” and “intentionally-employed” factor in the prosecution’s use of “peremptory strikes” to dismiss African Americans during jury selection at the capital murder trials of Tilmon Golphin, Quintel Augustine and Christina Walters. Amnesty International applauds the ruling and urges officials across the USA to reflect upon it in all its detail.


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