Bring That Year Back: The Top News Stories of 2012
N.C. Judge Commutes 3 Death Sentences; Cites Bias
A North Carolina judge ruled in December that prosecutors purposely tried to reduce the number of Black jurors in the cases of three convicted killers, two of which who are Black and one who is a Lumbee Indian. The judge based his ruling under the state’s Racial Justice Act, which allows death row inmates to appeal their sentences if they can prove race played an unjust role in their conviction.
(AP Photo/The Fayetteville Observer, Raul R. Rubiera)