Skip to comments.Will Texas Execute a Man for Being Black?
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 decadesunveiling evidence of systemic racial discrimination in Texass criminal justice system.
The problem with Bucks 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 Bucks 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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will this race , homosexual turd poking, what ever card ever end?
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?
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.
The question should have been if the "death factor," would have decreased or eliminated Buck's risk of reoffending.
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)
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.
No. Execute all murderers to ensure fair and equal treatment.
Death Row should have a permanent population of no more than 5 inmates....one moves in.....one moves out.
Sounds like a plan.
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.
Buck should be spared because the death of black victims does not warrant the death penalty>
I’m against the death penalty anyway because it is not cost effective. These criminals should just be put someplace and forgotten.
Was he asked this question on direct or on cross?
No he is going to be executed because he was a murdering lowlife scumbag who was convicted and sentenced in accordance with the law.
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.
But being what it is ....
“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!
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 mans 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.
If you kill someone it Texas, we kill you back.
From the article and will play or should play I suspect a determinant in the outcome of this process...
....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 testimonyincluding Bucksand determined that all were in need of resentencing.
Six of those cases were indeed resentenced. Bucks 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 Cornyns promise....
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.
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
I stand corrected...
Race is not the crime here, Murder is. And asking trick questions is not grounds for exoneration.
1. Seeing the statue of Sam Houston.
2. Seeing the building that houses The Big Dripper.
It's time to stop using race in this case. No more talk about race. Just execute him.
I have no problem with killing him. At least he was convicted of a crime. We kill babies for a whole lot less.
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
Probably kill someone equally deserving.
Remember the delightful bunch that broke out in Texas a few years ago?
The dead tend not to break out and go on rampages.
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