The New Jersey Supreme Court reversed the conviction of a death row inmate Tuesday because an alternate juror at his murder trial told co-workers he was going to “get me a good rope so when we hang him it won’t break.”

In a 6-1 ruling, the court said the remarks, by a white juror trying a black defendant, evoked the image of lynch law and suggested the juror was racially biased and had prejudged the outcome.

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