TV News LIES

Tuesday, Sep 16th

Last update01:23:29 AM GMT

You are here News Domestic (USA) Research exposes racial discrimination in America's death penalty capital

Research exposes racial discrimination in America's death penalty capital

E-mail Print PDF

Death penalty, TexasBack defendants facing trial in Houston – the death penalty capital ofAmerica – are more than three times as likely to face a possible death sentence than whites, new academic research has revealed.

The study, by a criminologist at the University of Maryland, exposes the extent of racial discrimination inherent in the administering of capital punishment in Harris County, the ground zero of the death penalty in the US. The county, which incorporates Houston, Texas's largest city, has carried out 116 executions in the modern era – more than any entire state in the union apart from Texas itself.

Professor Raymond Paternoster of the university's institute of criminal justice and criminology was commissioned by defence lawyers acting in the case of Duane Buck, a death row prisoner from Houston whose 1995 death sentence is currently being reconsidered by the Texas courts.

Paternoster, whose report is based on the latest quantitative methods, looked at 504 cases involving adult defendants who had been indicted for capital murder in Harris County between 1992 and 1999 – the period during which Buck was charged for murdering his former girlfriend, Debra Gardner, and a man called Kenneth Butler. Paternoster whittled down that pool to 20 cases that most closely echoed that of Buck's own in terms of the factors involved in the crime that were likely to incur a death sentence.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Survivalist sought in Pa. trooper's killing

eric FreinA survivalist who spoke of committing mass murder was the subject of an intense manhunt Tuesday,...

Science education group raises red flag about Texas textbooks

Texas textbooksThe new social studies textbooks up for consideration this week by the Texas Board of Education...

The FBI announces completion of facial recognition program

FBIOn Monday, the FBI announced a tool to identify as well as search for people's faces.This...

Homecoming queen Scarlett Lenh puts transgender issues front and center

transgender homecoming queenAt Sand Creek High School in Colorado Springs, Colo., over the weekend, Scarlett Lenh was named...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!