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AFRICANGLOBE - The U.S. Supreme Court ordered a new hearing for Black Texas prison inmate Duane Buck Wednesday after he said his rights were violated when jurors wrongfully received word that “he was more likely to be dangerous in the future because he was Black.”
AFRICANGLOBE - In 1997, Duane Buck was convicted of shooting and killing two people, including his former girlfriend, in Houston, Texas. A jury sentenced him to death. Among the factors that influenced their decision: testimony from a psychologist who said that Black people like Buck are more violent and dangerous than other people.
AFRICANGLOBE - A coalition of civil rights organizations has filed a judicial misconduct complaint against a right-wing federal judge for discriminatory comments she allegedly made during a speech, including that some racial groups were predisposed to violent crime.
AFRICANGLOBE - Duane Buck is guilty of murder. Of that, there is no question. The problem with Buck’s case is this: During the penalty phase of the trial, prosecutors benefitted from the testimony of controversial psychologist Walter Quijano. who stated that the fact that Buck was Black increased the possibility of him committing more crimes in the future therefore the death penalty is appropriate.
AFRICANGLOBE - A new report, released on Wednesday, shows that African Americans are twice as likely as Whites to receive death sentences, according to Mother Jones.The report, from University of Maryland criminology professor Ray Paternoster, examined the impact race had on sentencing in 504 cases. The findings are striking. From the report: