Stacking the jury deck:
In a 167-page order harshly critical of prosecutors, 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 he heard, involving convicted murderer Marcus Reymond Robinson, but also in other capital cases involving black defendants across North Carolina.
I'm sure Republicans in the General Assembly are gnashing their teeth right now, but fixing a "broken" system is rarely painless. If they want to blame somebody for this mess, they can start with the prosecutors who so casually used racial discrimination to taint the juries.
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