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First, the Wall Street Journal reports what most thoughtful observers know already which is that the War on Drugs has been a miserable failure and that we need to seriously consider alternatives to mass incarceration and the fueling prison-industrial complex.
See Rethinking the War on Drugs
Second, again from the Wall Street Journal, a county court judge in North Carolina just reversed a death penalty conviction based on racially biased jury selection during the trail phase. Judge Gregory Weeks applied a new North Carolina statute that requires death sentences to be changed to life without parole if a judge finds that racial bias played a role in jury selection. "Judge Weeks . . . said in court Friday that North Carolina 'prosecutors intentionally discriminated' against potential black jurors during jury selection historically and in the Robinson case."
See Bias Law Spurs Judge to Toss Out Death Sentence