Lawyers: Death sentence tainted by juror’s racial bias
ATLANTA (AP) – Georgia plans to put to death a man who killed his sister-in-law 27 years ago.
But his lawyers say the execution should be stopped because his death sentence is tainted by a juror’s racial bias. State lawyers dispute that argument.
They say 59-year-old Keith Leroy Tharpe should die Tuesday as scheduled.
Tharpe was convicted in the September 1990 shooting death of his sister-in-law.
Tharpe’s lawyers asked a federal judge to reopen his case, saying a juror’s racial bias “impermissibly influenced the imposition of his death sentence.”
The judge denied the request and a federal appeals court rejected an appeal.
Tharpe’s lawyers plan to turn to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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