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Will Texas Execute a Man for Being Black?
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Posted on 03/14/2013 7:01:01 PM PDT by Morgana

Duane Buck is guilty of murder. Of that, there is no question. In 1995 he shot and killed his then-girlfriend as well as her male companion in her Houston, Texas, apartment. Not surprisingly, in execution-prone Texas, Buck was sentenced to the death penalty for his crime.

What seems on the surface to be an open-and-shut murder conviction, however, has become one of the most racially explosive cases of the past several decades—unveiling evidence of systemic racial discrimination in Texas’s criminal justice system.

The problem with Buck’s case is this: During the penalty phase of the trial, Harris County prosecutors benefitted from the testimony of controversial psychologist Walter Quijano.

Asked in open court if “the race factor, black” increased Buck’s risk of reoffending, Quijano answered “yes.” The so-called expert went on to testify that being either African American or Latino “increases the future dangerousness for various complicated reasons.”

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TOPICS: Society; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: amish; holderspeople; texas

1 posted on 03/14/2013 7:01:01 PM PDT by Morgana
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To: Morgana

will this race , homosexual turd poking, what ever card ever end?


2 posted on 03/14/2013 7:02:49 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: Morgana

statistics would affirm the testimony.

regqrdless, wth does it have to do with the facts he murdered two people in a state that has the death penalty?


3 posted on 03/14/2013 7:04:19 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Morgana

The question was poorly worded , should have referenced historic recidivism rates... I’d offer him life without parole just to make this go away... There’s much more to worry about now without having a double murderer change the national debate on truly important matters via distraction.


4 posted on 03/14/2013 7:06:47 PM PDT by Neidermeyer (I used to be disgusted , now I try to be amused.)
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To: Morgana
"Asked in open court if “the race factor, black” increased Buck’s risk of reoffending, Quijano answered “yes.”

The question should have been if the "death factor," would have decreased or eliminated Buck's risk of reoffending.

5 posted on 03/14/2013 7:07:52 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Morgana

no... he is going to be fried for killing someone.

That people of his race tend to kill more often and/or kill again is just a FACT (the truth that shall not be spoken)


6 posted on 03/14/2013 7:10:28 PM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: Morgana

Quijano, that is a hispanic surname. So, I guess this guy is a racist hispanic. So what does that have to do with the fact that a guy was convicted of premeditated murder of two people? Sentencing, yeah, I get it. I don’t care what this politically incorrect psychologist said. In Texas, if you get convicted of Murder 1 of two people, you are almost certainly going to get the death penalty. Everything else is legal contortionism.


7 posted on 03/14/2013 7:16:54 PM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: Neidermeyer

No. Execute all murderers to ensure fair and equal treatment.


8 posted on 03/14/2013 7:31:10 PM PDT by inpajamas (http://outskirtspress.com/ONE)
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To: inpajamas

Death Row should have a permanent population of no more than 5 inmates....one moves in.....one moves out.


9 posted on 03/14/2013 7:32:20 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Sounds like a plan.


10 posted on 03/14/2013 7:38:18 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Secret Agent Man

Having this psychologist testify is what has gotten the race hustlers up in arms. The prosecution should know by now that any mention of race will only serve to wet the whistles of racists, no matter how truthful their testimony. If they have the evidence, there’s no need for statistical testimony.


11 posted on 03/14/2013 7:54:26 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: Morgana
In 1995 he shot and killed his then-girlfriend as well as her male companion in her Houston, Texas, apartment.

Buck should be spared because the death of black victims does not warrant the death penalty>

12 posted on 03/14/2013 8:10:27 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Soylent Green is Boomers)
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To: Morgana

I’m against the death penalty anyway because it is not cost effective. These criminals should just be put someplace and forgotten.


13 posted on 03/14/2013 8:14:41 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Soylent Green is Boomers)
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To: Morgana

Was he asked this question on direct or on cross?


14 posted on 03/14/2013 8:54:46 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Morgana

No he is going to be executed because he was a murdering lowlife scumbag who was convicted and sentenced in accordance with the law.


15 posted on 03/14/2013 8:57:41 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the American Revolution 2013 and the Crusades 2013?)
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To: Mike Darancette

The death penalty would not be cost ineffective if it was administered in a timely fashion. The appellate process, sometimes, lasting more than 10 years, is what makes it cost ineffective. Justice delayed is justice denied. There should be a way to expedite the process in cases where is no shred of exculpatory evidence or mitigating circumstances.


16 posted on 03/14/2013 9:16:16 PM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: 3Fingas
The appellate process, sometimes, lasting more than 10 years, is what makes it cost ineffective.

But being what it is ....

17 posted on 03/14/2013 9:27:20 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Soylent Green is Boomers)
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To: Mike Darancette

“statistics would affirm the testimony.

Regqrdless, wth does it have to do with the facts he murdered two people in a state that has the death penalty?”...

Good point.. Bottom feeders love to introduce crap like that when the plead a case. Makes no damn difference what race the perp was, the people are dead and he killed them. End of story.

But wait, one man’s statement will over turn that? The guy making the statement made just that, a statement. The guy pulling the trigger when he killed the “folks”, also made a statement. (The perp isn’t against life in prison, he wants to now save his sorry butt). PATHETIC!


18 posted on 03/15/2013 4:30:39 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: 3Fingas; Progov; Mike Darancette
The death penalty would not be cost ineffective if it was administered in a timely fashion. The appellate process, sometimes, lasting more than 10 years, is what makes it cost ineffective. Justice delayed is justice denied. There should be a way to expedite the process in cases where is no shred of exculpatory evidence or mitigating circumstances.

I've been saying this for almost all of the 20+ years I've been working in the criminal justice system. Pass a federal law. Any state that sentences a defendant to death instantly loses jurisdiction over the case, and it goes straight to the US Supreme Court. The defendant gets one appeal, rather than bouncing back and forth between various levels of state and federal appellate courts for the next 10 or 20 years at taxpayer expense. If he loses, fry him.

Makes no damn difference what race the perp was, the people are dead and he killed them. End of story. But wait, one man’s statement will over turn that? The guy making the statement made just that, a statement.

Yes, and it takes nothing away from the overwhelming evidence of the defendant's guilt. But remember the O.J. Simpson murder case? One detective used the word "nigg@r" several years before the investigation, and somebody remembered and testified about it. "NOT GUILTY," despite all the evidence, and when the verdict was announced on TV, crowds of black people stood up and cheered and hugged each other.

Yes, they celebrate when a murderer goes free.

19 posted on 03/15/2013 4:48:45 AM PDT by Bryan
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To: Morgana

If you kill someone it Texas, we kill you back.


20 posted on 03/15/2013 5:15:35 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (A pen in the hand of 0 bummer more dangerous than a gun in the hands of 200 million citizens.)
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To: Morgana

From the article and will play or should play I suspect a determinant in the outcome of this process...

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....For a while, the state of Texas appeared to agree with Swarns. In 2000, then-Texas Attorney General John Cornyn reviewed seven cases where Quijano had presented racially biased expert testimony—including Buck’s–and determined that all were in need of resentencing.

Six of those cases were indeed resentenced. Buck’s was the only one that was not. His execution could be scheduled to take place at any moment, and Texas authorities have shown no signs of backing down and living up to Cornyn’s promise....
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Buck doesn't have scheduled execution date at this time. He had one back in Sept. 2011 and was granted a stay at that time.

21 posted on 03/15/2013 5:29:03 AM PDT by deport
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To: Morgana

I am making a semi-educated guess as to the ethnicity and related agenda of the author of this article.

It is also my conclussion that this author makes money writing about racial relations.

Therefore, racism MUST remain in order for this author to make money.

How does the author make racism remain? Find it EVERYWHERE. If that is not possible, then manufacture it out of thin air.

Just like Jesse and them. RACISM = JOB SRECURITY


22 posted on 03/15/2013 6:11:27 AM PDT by envisio (Its on like Donkey Kong!!)
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To: envisio

The Author;

http://www.takepart.com/author/matthew-fleischer


23 posted on 03/15/2013 7:05:58 AM PDT by deport
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To: deport

I stand corrected...


24 posted on 03/15/2013 7:12:42 AM PDT by envisio (Its on like Donkey Kong!!)
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To: Morgana

Race is not the crime here, Murder is. And asking trick questions is not grounds for exoneration.


25 posted on 03/15/2013 7:17:24 AM PDT by MaxMax
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To: Arrowhead1952
This may sound harsh, but I always enjoy driving through Huntsville on our way to Houston or Galveston.

1. Seeing the statue of Sam Houston.

2. Seeing the building that houses The Big Dripper.

26 posted on 03/15/2013 7:19:40 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (The Tea Party was the earthquake, and Chick Fil A the tsunami...100's of aftershocks to come.)
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To: Morgana
If it was a mistake to have considered his race a factor in the past, that may have been a mistake. The question now is, should the mistake be repeated by considering his race again?

It's time to stop using race in this case. No more talk about race. Just execute him.

27 posted on 03/15/2013 7:30:29 AM PDT by Tau Food (Never give a sword to a man who can't dance.)
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To: Morgana

I have no problem with killing him. At least he was convicted of a crime. We kill babies for a whole lot less.


28 posted on 03/16/2013 12:35:50 PM PDT by B4Ranch (When democracy turns to tyranny, we still get to vote. We just won't use voting boxes to do it.)
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To: Mike Darancette
I’m against the death penalty anyway because it is not cost effective. These criminals should just be put someplace and forgotten.

Pleasant fantasy but in real life they kill again. Yes, being behind bars does not somehow magically stop them from killing. All it does is make it harder for their victims to escape them

29 posted on 03/16/2013 12:41:30 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Promotional Fee Paid for by "Ouchies" The Sharp, Prickly Toy You Bathe With!)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear
Pleasant fantasy but in real life they kill again.

Probably kill someone equally deserving.

30 posted on 03/16/2013 9:04:54 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (And winter is coming.)
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To: Mike Darancette
Or not.

Remember the delightful bunch that broke out in Texas a few years ago?

The dead tend not to break out and go on rampages.

31 posted on 03/16/2013 9:12:52 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Promotional Fee Paid for by "Ouchies" The Sharp, Prickly Toy You Bathe With!)
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