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Judge ruling in three Racial Justice Act cases finds race a factor in jury selection

Per WRAL:

A North Carolina judge on Thursday commuted the sentences of three death row inmates to life in prison after finding that race played a factor in jury selection for their cases.

Lawyers for Christina “Queen” Walters, Tilmon Golphin and Quintel Augustine argued at a hearing in October that statistics and handwritten notes from prosecutors show racial bias in jury selection.

Superior Court Judge Greg Weeks agreed with their motions for re-sentencing under the state’s Racial Justice Act, saying “the court finds no joy in these conclusions.”

Earlier this year, an inmate became the first to have his sentence commuted to life without parole under the provisions of the 2009 law, which Republicans in the state legislature have sought to repeal since its approval.

2 Comments


  1. Dallas H Woodhouse

    December 13, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Tilmon Golphin gunned down, two police officers in broad daylight. He tried to kill a 3rd person.

    Having already killed two armed law officers, he continues to be a danger to unarmed corrections everyday.

    Weeks move today will kill this terrible law.

    The Golphin brothers were sentenced to death, by black and white jurors because they killed two law offiers and are a danger to society. Race had nothing to do with it. Two dead law offiers on I-95 did

  2. david esmay

    December 13, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    That doesn’t excuse the conduct of prosecutors in the case and apparently there’s more to it than that. There’s also no excuse for the Golpin’s crimes.

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