Wisconsin Supreme Court says judge didn't rely on race
MADISON (AP) -- The Wisconsin Supreme Court says the prison sentence of a convicted cocaine dealer should not have been vacated after a judge called the man's girlfriend a "baby mama."
An appeals court ruled last year that the white sentencing judge's comments suggested he improperly considered race when he sentenced Landray M. Harris, who is black. The Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously ruled that Harris could not prove the judge relied on race when sentencing him.
The court says the judge evaluated the gravity of the offense, Harris's character, and the public's need for protection.
The court overturned the earlier ruling vacating his sentence.
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