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David Spence

State prosecutors with the N.C. Attorney General's Office made a rare concession -- a Winston-Salem man serving life in prison should have his claims of racial discrimination heard in Forsyth Superior Court. Henry White is the only North Carolina case where an appellate court ruled race played a significant role, but his conviction was upheld because the legal standard at the time required that race was a sole factor. The legal standard has changed, and his attorney said his conviction should be overturned and a new trial should be ordered. 

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