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Robinson v. Thomas, 16-11

In actions under 28 U.S.C. sections 2241, brought by petitioners seeking post-conviction relief in state court pursuant to North Carolina's Racial Justice Act (RJA), N.C. Gen. Stat. sections 15A-2010 to 2012 (2009) (repealed 2013),.each maintaining that a second RJA proceeding would violate their rights under the Double Jeopardy Clause of the Fifth Amendment, the district court's decision to abstain from intervening in petitioners’ ongoing state court proceedings is affirmed pursuant to Younger v. Harris, 401 U.S. 37 (1971), under the precept that a federal court 'should not act to restrain a [state] criminal prosecution, when the moving party has an adequate remedy at law and will not suffer irreparable injury if denied equitable relief.'

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2017/04/27


  • AGEE


  • United States Fourth Circuit


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