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Professor Mark Rabil addresses impact of Racial Justice Act ruling

A Cumberland County judge’s ruling Friday that racial bias played a role in landing a black man on death row is one of the most important decisions made about race and the death penalty, according to a Winston-Salem lawyer who handles death penalty cases.

But the legal implications of Superior Court Judge Greg Weeks’ decision in the case of Marcus Robinson aren’t as clear, said Mark Rabil, the co-director of the Innocence and Justice Clinic at Wake Forest University School of Law.

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