Via the office of Rep. Joe Hackney, minority leader:
The Racial Justice Act worked as intended today. Mr. Robinson will spend the rest of his life in prison without parole for the crimes he committed. That is appropriate. The courts corrected a death sentence in which race played a significant role. That is also appropriate.
Weeks found that prosecutors intentionally discriminated against potential jurors who were black. In his strongly worded ruling, the judge said that being black does predict whether prosecutors in North Carolina will dismiss certain people from jury pools.