Monday, September 20, 2010

National Press on North Carolina's Racial Justice Act

NC's RJA, just a year old, was featured in a national press story in the Wall Street Journal. The article highlights the case of Kenneth Rouse. Rouse is a black man convicted of killing a white man by an all-white jury. One of the jurors, interviewed after the trial, used a racial epithet in describing blacks and said that, "Black men rape white women so that they can brag to their friends about having done so."



Sadly, such obvious racial discrimination has gone unremedied for years. Cases like Rouse's will be the first tests to whether elected judges will honor the intent of the legislature and do a very unpopular thing--rule in favor of a criminal defendant.

See the full Wall Street Journal article here.

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