Law

Indian woman spared from death penalty under race bias law





A judge in North Carolina spared Christina Walters, a woman reported to be of Lumbee and Cherokee ancestry, under the state's Racial Justice Act.

Walters was convicted of killing two White women and shooting an African-American woman as part of gang initiation in 1998. The judge said racial bias played a role during the jury selection and the trial.

Walters will remain in prison for life, without the possibility of parole.

Get the Story:
Judge finds racial bias played a role in three death row cases (The Charlotte News & Observer 12/14)
Judge in North Carolina Voids 3 Death Sentences (The New York Times 12/14)

An Opinion:
Editorial: Racial justice begins with a just society (The Fayetteville Observer 12/14)