African-Americans Excluded from Capital Case Juries

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The RJA allows capital defendants to challenge their death sentences if they successfully prove that race was a significant factor in decisions to seek or impose the death penalty at the time of their trials.

Claims of racial bias in cases brought under the RJA are supported by a comprehensive study of the death penalty in North Carolina by researchers from Michigan State University (MSU) and other, similar studies in North Carolina and southern states.

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