Court: Judge Erred Mentioning Race, Faith To Possible Jurors
Last updated 10/19/2021 at 3:06pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A Black judge crossed the line by discouraging Black residents from avoiding jury duty when one of them cited religion as a reason he should be excused from serving in a trial, the North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.
A majority on the three-judge panel ordered a new trial for Allen Anthony Campbell, who was convicted in Guilford County in 2019 of several motor vehicle violations and pleaded guilty to being a habitual felon. He was sentenced to roughly seven to 10 years in prison.
Superior Court Judge Lora Cubbage's comments during jury selection “improper...