The News and Observer reported today that a Racial Justice Act case is headed to the state Supreme Court. According to the article, “Prosecutors will be challenging a Cumberland County judge’s 2012 decision converting Robinson’s death sentence to life in prison without possibility for parole.”
While Civitas reported several weeks ago that the Racial Justice Act rulings are up in the air – we posed the question: Could these hearings be the first of many prior rulings on their way to reversal?
While reading the N&O’s description of people lining up to defend the 2012 decision, something stuck out::
Among those who support upholding Judge Gregory Weeks’ 2012 landmark ruling are former senior military officials, families of murder victims from across North Carolina, potential jurors who contend they “were denied a voice in capital decision-making because of their race,” professors and social scientists, and the N.C. Advocates for Justice, a nonprofit, nonpartisan association.
“Families of murder victims?” Which ones did they talk to? While some family members of murder victims may support the ruling – they obviously did not talk to the families who were affected by Judge Weeks ruling. I believe that if you talk to the Turner or Lowry (2 of the families that had their loved ones murders sentence commuted from Death to Life without parole in the December ruling) their opinion would be different!
It seems as though the media is only looking at one side of the story and the side they want to look at. What about the True Victims of the Racial Justice Act?