Supreme Court considers dismissed cases in repealed bias law
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Three convicted murderers once temporarily removed from North Carolina’s death row when a trial court ruled racial bias infected their trials will again get to address the state Supreme Court about their fates.
Justices agreed Friday they would hear arguments from lawyers for Marcus Robinson, Quintel Augustine and Christina Walters. Their sentences were reduced to life without parole through the state’s Racial Justice Act.
But the General Assembly repealed the law in 2013, leading to uncertainty about their cases.
In 2015, the Supreme Court vacated rulings for four prisoners and returned their cases to give prosecutors time to counter race-based statistics. Now the justices will consider whether the dismissals last year by a Superior Court judge after lawmakers repealed the act were proper.
The fourth case is pending.