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North Carolina execution blocked on racial grounds (Black Perp ... White Victim ... Black Judge )
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 20, 2012

Posted on 04/20/2012 10:24:23 PM PDT by Zakeet

In a landmark ruling, a North Carolina judge vacated the death penalty Friday of a convicted murderer, saying prosecutors across the state had engaged for years in a deliberate and systematic pattern of racial discrimination while striking black potential jurors in death penalty cases.

In a 167-page order harshly critical of prosecutors, Superior Court Judge Gregory Weeks said they "intentionally used the race of (jury pool) members as a significant factor in decisions to exercise peremptory strikes in capital cases." He ruled that discrimination was a factor not only in the case Weeks heard involving convicted murderer Marcus Reymond Robinson, who is black, but also in capital cases involving black defendants across North Carolina.

The ruling was the first under North Carolina's Racial Justice Act, passed in 2009, which allows judges to reduce death sentences to life in prison without parole in cases where defendants prove racial bias in jury selection. Prosecutors fought the law, calling it a back-door attempt to overturn the death penalty.


Prosecutors have 60 days to appeal Weeks' ruling. Republicans, who control the state Legislature, have attempted to repeal the Racial Justice Act but have been vetoed by Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue.


Robinson was convicted of killing 17-year-old Erik Tornblom with a shotgun blast to the face during a robbery that netted $27.

Tornblom's stepmother, Patricia Tornblom, and his father, Richard Tornblom, have bitterly opposed the act and said earlier this year that Robinson should be executed. They sat in silence Friday as Weeks read his ruling.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: blackonwhite; blackracism; capitalpunishment; crime; georgezimmerman; race; racism; trayvonmartin
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To: tarheelswamprat; Aetius

You are going to have to cite me to it then bacause I don’t see it. From what I can see, read, and hear I am like Aetius. Ijust see thw whites becoming more timid each day and each time they are attacked.

41 posted on 04/21/2012 9:19:19 AM PDT by sport
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To: sport; Aetius

Call it a matter of faith. Just like the old dog who keeps getting kicked over and over without responding, until that last time...

42 posted on 04/21/2012 9:30:16 AM PDT by tarheelswamprat
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To: Travis McGee

” Another of Obama’s Sons.”

Cold blooded murderer

43 posted on 04/21/2012 9:45:41 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: tomkat

But that means he can still pardon every black federal prisoner with the stroke of a pen? How many individuals do you think that might amount to? And what do you think that would do to the crime statistics going forward?

44 posted on 04/21/2012 10:17:00 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: traditional1

I agree. It’s more lawfare pushed by black and leftist radicals who have no concern about justice, just racial grievance.

45 posted on 04/21/2012 10:32:11 AM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: Zakeet
“This will certainly help Obama win North Carolina, don't ya think Wally? I don't think so Beav.”
46 posted on 04/21/2012 12:11:55 PM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: ought-six

I meant whites as a group. I didn’t mean specifically you, or specifically me. I don’t hang my head for having traits I was born with and suspect you don’t either.

47 posted on 04/21/2012 12:43:10 PM PDT by Crucial
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
As of April 24, 2010, of the 211,108 inmates within the BOP system, 193,129 have been sentenced. 172,565 are in BOP facilities, 24,490 are in privately-managed secure facilities, and 14,053 are in other contract facilities. 197,345 of the inmates, 93.5%, are male, while 13,763 (6.5%) are female. The average age of a BOP inmate is 38 years. 122,273 (57.9%) are White, 81,373 (38.5%) are Black, 3,827 (1.8%) are Native American, and 3,635 (1.7%) are Asian. 69,709 (33%) are Hispanic of any race. 154,204 (73.0%) are citizens of the United States. Of the non-U.S. citizens, 38,457 (18.2 %) are from Mexico, 2,743 (1.3%) are from Colombia, 1,834 (0.9 %) are from Cuba, 2,690 (1.3 %) are from the Dominican Republic, and 11,180 (5.3%) are of other citizenships or of unknown citizenships.

Federal Bureau of Prisons

List of U.S. federal prisons

* red emphasis mine .. BOP = (Federal) Bureau of Prisons

48 posted on 04/21/2012 1:14:34 PM PDT by tomkat (...shall NOT be abridged)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
.. yeah, it's just Wiki, but it's Saturday so it'll have to do   ;-)
49 posted on 04/21/2012 1:23:58 PM PDT by tomkat (...shall NOT be abridged)
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To: tomkat

Okay. So imagine 82,000 hardened criminals suddenly released into society all at once. Ever hear of the Northfield, Minnesota raid by the James and Younger gangs and how that turned out?

50 posted on 04/21/2012 1:39:54 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Tell me about it .. USP Lewisburg is this neck of the woods.

Still, the ones that didn't kill each other when loosed would likely head straight back to their old home territory, which ain't here.
The natives hereabouts have had the jailbreak scenario in the backs of their minds for many decades, and are appropriately bristly.

51 posted on 04/21/2012 2:02:36 PM PDT by tomkat (...shall NOT be abridged)
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To: tarheelswamprat

Well I hope you’re right. Id love to be proven wrong on this. I just don’t know what you see that makes you think this is going to happen.

As our largely accidental, and mostly unwanted policy of unending mass immigration makes the country ever more diverse, as as the black leadership continues to be dominated by leftist radicals, and as the GOP continually cedes ground both in policy and in the agreed upon proper parameters of debate, I see no reason for hope.

52 posted on 04/22/2012 11:38:25 AM PDT by Aetius
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