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Forsyth County man on death row has case heard in NC Supreme Court

Russell William Tucker's 1996 conviction could have bigger implications for how the state handles jury discrimination in the future.

Clare Reverri, Blair Barnes

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Published: 9:03 PM EST February 8, 2023
Updated: 9:03 PM EST February 8, 2023

In the North Carolina supreme court Wednesday, they're tackling a huge question: "Is our justice system really just for all people?"

At issue, a cheat sheet some civil rights activists say prosecutors used to strike black people from jury pools of black defendants.

Defendants like Russell William Tucker from Forsyth County.

His case is one of four related cases that were argued in front of the state's highest court.

Tucker, a Black man, was convicted of murder by an all-white jury in 1996.

Five Black potential jurors were all dismissed and Tucker's defense argues that the prosecutor's strikes to remove those jurors were on the basis of race.

Let's connect the dots... 

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