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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. 

Henry Jerome White is serving life on allegations that he murdered another man during a robbery. He says a prosecutor illegally used race to remove two Black jurors from his trial. And his evidence is straightforward -- the prosecutor admitted to doing so when challenged. But at the time, the courts had a narrow interpretation of a U.S. Supreme Court decision, so his conviction held. Things have changed, and he is asking the courts to reconsider. 

Charles Thomas Stacks is serving a life sentence for murdering a 2-year-old boy who was found with bruises all over his body and bite marks. He argues that a judge should have declared a mistrial because one of the jurors had filled out an application to volunteer for a child-advocacy program. He also argues that a prosecutor misstated the law and the judge failed to correct that error to the jury. 

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