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Attorneys asking for racial fairness to be ensured in murder trial and statewide


FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Attorneys are asking the judge in the
Racial Justice Act hearing to ensure fairness in the case of Marcus
Robinson as well as in the North Carolina court system.

Superior Court Judge Greg Weeks said he would give the lawyers
four to five weeks to submit legal briefs and would make a ruling
sometime later.

Marcus Robinson is a black man convicted in 1994 of killing a
white teen.

Robinson's attorneys argued that statistics, affidavits and
other evidence prove racial bias against black jurors both
statewide and in their client's murder trial. A prosecutor
countered that the numbers don't tell the full story and that
people who conducted a statistical study of jury selection weren't
qualified to do the analysis.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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