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Wednesday, April 20, 2022

In 2012, North Carolina’s Racial Justice Act (RJA) allowed death row defendants to bring claims of discrimination in jury selection charging decisions or the death penalty. One case of a Black man who used the RJA to fight his death sentence, showed that more Black people than White people were removed from juries, so the Judge changed his sentence to life imprisonment instead. After that ruling the RJA was weakened because of political pressure.