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North Carolina judge commutes 3 death sentences, citing racial bias Read more: North Carolina judge commutes 3 death sentences, citing racial bias – The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/nationworld/ci_22189172/north-carolina-judge-commutes-3-death-se

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

 

(Denver Post) A North Carolina judge on Thursday commuted the death sentences of three convicted killers, including two who killed law enforcement officers, to life in prison without the possibility of parole after ruling that race played an unjust role in jury selection at their trials.

Cumberland County Superior Court Judge Gregory A. Weeks based his ruling on evidence presented over four weeks of hearings that he says showed prosecutors in each case made a concerted effort to reduce the number of black jurors.

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