Judge Gregory Weeks set for first substantive hearing a racial justice act claim in the case of Marcus Robinson in Fayetteville. The case will look at the pattern of jury selection and disparate treatment of black defendants and white victim cases.
Statewide studies conducted in the last year show that prosecutors strike eligible blacks from jury at more than two times the rate of eligible whites. Further, the studies show that blacks are more than 3 times as likely to receive death if their victim was white.
The hearing is set of September 6, 2011. Press here.