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North Carolina execution blocked on racial grounds (Black Perp ... White Victim ... Black Judge )
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 20, 2012

Posted on 04/20/2012 10:24:23 PM PDT by Zakeet

In a landmark ruling, a North Carolina judge vacated the death penalty Friday of a convicted murderer, saying prosecutors across the state had engaged for years in a deliberate and systematic pattern of racial discrimination while striking black potential jurors in death penalty cases.

In a 167-page order harshly critical of prosecutors, Superior Court Judge Gregory Weeks said they "intentionally used the race of (jury pool) members as a significant factor in decisions to exercise peremptory strikes in capital cases." He ruled that discrimination was a factor not only in the case Weeks heard involving convicted murderer Marcus Reymond Robinson, who is black, but also in capital cases involving black defendants across North Carolina.

The ruling was the first under North Carolina's Racial Justice Act, passed in 2009, which allows judges to reduce death sentences to life in prison without parole in cases where defendants prove racial bias in jury selection. Prosecutors fought the law, calling it a back-door attempt to overturn the death penalty.

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Prosecutors have 60 days to appeal Weeks' ruling. Republicans, who control the state Legislature, have attempted to repeal the Racial Justice Act but have been vetoed by Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue.

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Robinson was convicted of killing 17-year-old Erik Tornblom with a shotgun blast to the face during a robbery that netted $27.

Tornblom's stepmother, Patricia Tornblom, and his father, Richard Tornblom, have bitterly opposed the act and said earlier this year that Robinson should be executed. They sat in silence Friday as Weeks read his ruling.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: blackonwhite; blackracism; capitalpunishment; crime; georgezimmerman; race; racism; trayvonmartin
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The Perpetrator ... The Victim ... The Judge

1 posted on 04/20/2012 10:24:35 PM PDT by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

I love the racism of this judge who apparently thinks that whites can’t come up with a fair verdict because of their skin color. He should be in prison himself.


2 posted on 04/20/2012 10:26:08 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: Amberdawn

So the far left lunatic media will just run with this and call it “racial grounds” as opposed to how they have convicted Zimmerman? The hypocrisy is vomit inducing.


3 posted on 04/20/2012 10:27:53 PM PDT by CountryClassSF
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To: Zakeet

“In a landmark ruling...”

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“Landmark” is right.

We are forging new frontiers in arrogant, open, in-your-face black racism.

Downward spirals once great America.


4 posted on 04/20/2012 10:28:31 PM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: Zakeet

We’ll be getting rid of Purdue later this year, and then we’ll get rid of this abominable law.


5 posted on 04/20/2012 10:29:38 PM PDT by tarheelswamprat
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To: Zakeet

The black thug criminal murdered a person in cold blood. How is this a systematic conspiracy against the black man?

You execute murderers. Race has no issue.

As for jurors being stricken, this has gone on as long as we’ve had juries. BOTH SIDES get to dismiss a certain number of jurors.

We no longer have a stable judiciary based in law in this country. It’s based in personal opinions of particular judges. That’s not a system of justice. All judges that exhibit this behavior need to be impeached and in certain cases, such as this, jailed.


6 posted on 04/20/2012 10:36:58 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Well said Secret Agent Man. It is the crime that is at issue, not a person’s race (unless it is black on white and Eric Holder is on it).

There are both white and black juries I wouldn’t trust with a butter knife, and there are white and black juries I would trust with my life.

It is the judges and trial lawyers I don’t trust, re OJ.

Punish the crime, not the race of the perp.


7 posted on 04/20/2012 10:42:20 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Zakeet

Judge is an idiot and should be removed and disbarred.
Did the convict commit the crime? YES
Was he convicted ina court of law? YES
Was he sentenced to death? YES
Then he should be executed.


8 posted on 04/20/2012 10:55:50 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: Secret Agent Man

It’s pretty clear that the judge believes black jurors approve of cold-blooded murder when the victim is white and the accused is black.


9 posted on 04/20/2012 10:59:07 PM PDT by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: Zakeet
When all else fails.....

play the race card

stupid racist SFB judicial POS

10 posted on 04/20/2012 10:59:52 PM PDT by SERE_DOC ( “The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.” TJ.)
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Story of the murder from HERE.......................

"Robinson was thereafter taken into custody and properly advised of his Miranda rights, which he waived. After initially denying any involvement in the murder, Robinson admitted that he and Williams had watched Erik Tornblom enter a store.

While Tornblom was in the store, Robinson pulled out a sawed-off shotgun, which had been concealed in his clothes, and gave it to Williams. As Erik left the store, Robinson and Williams asked for a ride.

As soon as they entered the car, Williams put the gun to the back of Erik Tornblom’s neck and forced him to drive to a location that Robinson and Williams ordered.

In his confession, Robinson stated that "the boy kept begging and pleading for us not to hurt him, because he didn’t have any money." After ordering Tornblom out of the car, he was made to lie down. According to Robinson, Williams then shot Tornblom in the face with the shotgun.

The black male was identified as Roderick Williams and was thereafter arrested and named Marcus Robinson as the person involved with him in the murder of Erik Tornblom.

Robinson was thereafter taken into custody and properly advised of his Miranda rights, which he waived. After initially denying any involvement in the murder, Robinson admitted that he and Williams had watched Erik Tornblom enter a store.

While Tornblom was in the store, Robinson pulled out a sawed-off shotgun, which had been concealed in his clothes, and gave it to Williams. As Erik left the store, Robinson and Williams asked for a ride.

As soon as they entered the car, Williams put the gun to the back of Erik Tornblom’s neck and forced him to drive to a location that Robinson and Williams ordered.

In his confession, Robinson stated that "the boy kept begging and pleading for us not to hurt him, because he didn’t have any money." After ordering Tornblom out of the car, he was made to lie down. According to Robinson, Williams then shot Tornblom in the face with the shotgun. "

Story of the murder from HERE.......................

11 posted on 04/20/2012 11:07:51 PM PDT by NoRedTape
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To: Zakeet

If Mr. Obama is defeated in November I expect him to pardon each and every black person in every jail and prison in the USA and it’s territories before leving office.


12 posted on 04/20/2012 11:14:50 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: Zakeet

There is no equality under the law anymore because the rule of law is dead.


13 posted on 04/20/2012 11:30:19 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

And a few Muzzies.


14 posted on 04/20/2012 11:31:23 PM PDT by alpo
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To: Zakeet

We’re becoming South Africa.


15 posted on 04/20/2012 11:42:18 PM PDT by Crucial
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To: Zakeet
Tornblom's stepmother, Patricia Tornblom, and his father, Richard Tornblom, have bitterly opposed the act and said earlier this year that Robinson should be executed. They sat in silence Friday as Weeks read his ruling.

I'm a little surprised the father didn't stand up, point at the judge, and yell, "You're a piece of sh*t."

16 posted on 04/20/2012 11:42:36 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: tarheelswamprat

No they won’t get rid of any law called the “Racial Justice Act” or whatever it is. They’d be called racists for that, and I doubt NC Republicans have any more backbone than their national counterparts.


17 posted on 04/20/2012 11:49:10 PM PDT by Aetius
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To: Zakeet

Really, whites have little self-respect left. We don’t want to fight for ourselves against the forces directed by the Left through blacks in positions of power.


18 posted on 04/20/2012 11:50:48 PM PDT by Crucial
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To: Amberdawn
What an asswipe.

If it's a "Jury of your Peers", NO jury of 12 should contain more than 1 black Juror, reflecting the population across the USA. This will not stop the Zimmerman jury from being 75% black, because the PROSECUTION WILL CHALLENGE any white Juror, you can be sure, to stack the Jury with welfare parasites, hoodie-clad 'hood types, etc. Justice now consists of "if you're black, you can use the Race Card", if you're white, you have no hope.

19 posted on 04/20/2012 11:56:01 PM PDT by traditional1 (Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: Zakeet

This is only the start.

Wait until the courts are full of muslim judges.


20 posted on 04/21/2012 12:06:26 AM PDT by Iron Munro (If Repub's paid as much attention to Rush Limbaugh as the Dem's do, we wouldn't be in this mess)
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To: Zakeet
People had better start waking up..."Arbeit macht frei"
Photobucket

21 posted on 04/21/2012 3:12:04 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: Zakeet

Censored .


22 posted on 04/21/2012 3:41:36 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Crucial

The media hides these stories from all of us they to are the enemy


23 posted on 04/21/2012 3:44:58 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (B B)
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To: Zakeet

When a judge can do this, only because he and he alone chooses, it is time for a drastic change in our legal system. One man, on his opinion, should not be allowed to halt an execution. He should be able to issue an opinion, but not set law for everybody. The execution should go forward until an appeals court hears the case. This arrogant fool should not be a judge.


24 posted on 04/21/2012 4:30:06 AM PDT by maxwellsmart_agent
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To: NoRedTape

“...Williams then shot Tornblom in the face with the shotgun.”

It is very difficlt not to generalize about Negroes in power positions. If it wasn’t for the likes of Lt. Col. West and some I the people I knew in the service, I don’t think I could.


25 posted on 04/21/2012 4:45:32 AM PDT by BilLies (Ass.Press ABCBSNBCNN, NYTimes, WaPOSt , etc., hate your Traditional American guts!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
.. I expect him to pardon each and every black person in every jail and prison in the USA ..

2DV, that might prove 'interesting' for those of us living near Fed facilities like Lewisburg et al,
but it's my understanding that such pardons as you allude to are not applicable to sentences imposed under state law/s.

.. and he shall have Power to Grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.

Art.2 Sec.2

26 posted on 04/21/2012 4:47:10 AM PDT by tomkat (...shall NOT be abridged)
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To: tomkat
The good thing Perdue is so unpopular in North Carolina she isn't even thinking about run for reelection.

The democratic party has imploded in the last few weeks over a Democratic Leader having sex with another minor male and covered up by the party.

27 posted on 04/21/2012 4:59:31 AM PDT by scooby321 (h tones)
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To: Zakeet

Well, the murdered killed for 27 bucks. What will the judge do for 30 pieces of silver.


28 posted on 04/21/2012 5:03:51 AM PDT by healy61
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To: Zakeet

Open season on people who “Don’t look like you.”


29 posted on 04/21/2012 5:04:18 AM PDT by denydenydeny (Admiration of absolute government is proportionate to the contempt one has for others.-Tocqueville)
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To: Zakeet

“Other evidence tended to show, two days prior to the murder, that [Robinson] told Williams’ aunt that “he was going to burn him a whitey”.

On the morning of the murder, [Robinson] obtained the shotgun from a friend, who heard [Robinson] tell Williams that he wanted to rob a Quik Stop or “do” a white boy.

After the murder, [Robinson] told a friend that he had robbed a guy the night before and shot him in the head.”


30 posted on 04/21/2012 5:35:51 AM PDT by wolficatZ ("We are no longer accepting comments on this article")
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To: scooby321
It would be heartening to see North Carolina rejoin the Conservative States of America.   ;-)

I'm anticipating/hoping that Pennsylvania's ' T ' once again overcomes the ghetto/looter bastions in the corners and keeps us solidly in the 'red' column come November. *


* One of the marxist/orwellian language control victories that I truly abhor is their success in labeling R states as red while the true red states are labeled blue !
[numerous expletives deleted ;-]

31 posted on 04/21/2012 5:38:46 AM PDT by tomkat (...shall NOT be abridged)
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To: wolficatZ

The wonder is not him getting off. The wonder is that Holder has not made him an employee of the doj. But there is still time for it to happen.


32 posted on 04/21/2012 5:39:55 AM PDT by sport
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To: NoRedTape
I think you missed this important bit of information:

At the time of these events, Robinson had just turned eighteen years old and only eleven days earlier had been released from prison.

This judge's ruling stinks beyond measure. There are absolutely NO grounds for reducing sentence.

33 posted on 04/21/2012 5:53:07 AM PDT by TheBattman (Isn't the lesser evil... still evil?)
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To: sport

I continue to be shocked over just how many nobama sons there are. In this instance the caucasian kid maybe “disrespected” the black with the shotgun because he only had $27? The judge is a racist mental midget.


34 posted on 04/21/2012 5:57:11 AM PDT by hal ogen (1st Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Zakeet

Another of Obama’s Sons.


35 posted on 04/21/2012 6:03:54 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Zakeet

The Tyranny of the Black Robes.


36 posted on 04/21/2012 6:24:53 AM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: Crucial

“Really, whites have little self-respect left. We don’t want to fight for ourselves against the forces directed by the Left through blacks in positions of power.”

Speak for yourself. You don’t speak for me.


37 posted on 04/21/2012 6:29:05 AM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: Crucial

“We’re becoming South Africa......”

We sure are.....That picture when you scroll down looks just like something you see in S. Africa on a dialy basis and the media completely ignores it......They kill just because your white and that is happening here at an alarming rate......


38 posted on 04/21/2012 6:47:14 AM PDT by 3722535r
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To: Aetius
No they won’t get rid of any law called the “Racial Justice Act” or whatever it is. They’d be called racists for that, and I doubt NC Republicans have any more backbone than their national counterparts.

You are wrong. Further, you're blind, because you fail to see that the pressure is building to a massive backlash where people (not just "whites", but decent people of all stripes) are simply going to say to hell with the "race card". Politicians who are too cowardly or too stupid to get on board will be swept aside.

39 posted on 04/21/2012 8:28:36 AM PDT by tarheelswamprat
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To: Amberdawn

No justice, no peace...


40 posted on 04/21/2012 8:34:56 AM PDT by TheDon (The Democrat Party, the party of the KKK (tm))
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To: tarheelswamprat; Aetius

You are going to have to cite me to it then bacause I don’t see it. From what I can see, read, and hear I am like Aetius. Ijust see thw whites becoming more timid each day and each time they are attacked.


41 posted on 04/21/2012 9:19:19 AM PDT by sport
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To: sport; Aetius

Call it a matter of faith. Just like the old dog who keeps getting kicked over and over without responding, until that last time...


42 posted on 04/21/2012 9:30:16 AM PDT by tarheelswamprat
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To: Travis McGee

” Another of Obama’s Sons.”

Cold blooded murderer


43 posted on 04/21/2012 9:45:41 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: tomkat

But that means he can still pardon every black federal prisoner with the stroke of a pen? How many individuals do you think that might amount to? And what do you think that would do to the crime statistics going forward?


44 posted on 04/21/2012 10:17:00 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: traditional1

I agree. It’s more lawfare pushed by black and leftist radicals who have no concern about justice, just racial grievance.


45 posted on 04/21/2012 10:32:11 AM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: Zakeet
“This will certainly help Obama win North Carolina, don't ya think Wally? I don't think so Beav.”
46 posted on 04/21/2012 12:11:55 PM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: ought-six

I meant whites as a group. I didn’t mean specifically you, or specifically me. I don’t hang my head for having traits I was born with and suspect you don’t either.


47 posted on 04/21/2012 12:43:10 PM PDT by Crucial
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
As of April 24, 2010, of the 211,108 inmates within the BOP system, 193,129 have been sentenced. 172,565 are in BOP facilities, 24,490 are in privately-managed secure facilities, and 14,053 are in other contract facilities. 197,345 of the inmates, 93.5%, are male, while 13,763 (6.5%) are female. The average age of a BOP inmate is 38 years. 122,273 (57.9%) are White, 81,373 (38.5%) are Black, 3,827 (1.8%) are Native American, and 3,635 (1.7%) are Asian. 69,709 (33%) are Hispanic of any race. 154,204 (73.0%) are citizens of the United States. Of the non-U.S. citizens, 38,457 (18.2 %) are from Mexico, 2,743 (1.3%) are from Colombia, 1,834 (0.9 %) are from Cuba, 2,690 (1.3 %) are from the Dominican Republic, and 11,180 (5.3%) are of other citizenships or of unknown citizenships.

Federal Bureau of Prisons

List of U.S. federal prisons

* red emphasis mine .. BOP = (Federal) Bureau of Prisons

48 posted on 04/21/2012 1:14:34 PM PDT by tomkat (...shall NOT be abridged)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
.. yeah, it's just Wiki, but it's Saturday so it'll have to do   ;-)
49 posted on 04/21/2012 1:23:58 PM PDT by tomkat (...shall NOT be abridged)
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To: tomkat

Okay. So imagine 82,000 hardened criminals suddenly released into society all at once. Ever hear of the Northfield, Minnesota raid by the James and Younger gangs and how that turned out?


50 posted on 04/21/2012 1:39:54 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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