Saturday, Oct 10th

Last update03:31:45 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.


Most Recent Related Stories...

US Muslim leaders brace for protests with potentially armed demonstrators

Muslim leaders brace for armed protestsMuslim leaders of mosques in some 20 cities in the US, including Phoenix and Oklahoma City,...

Here's What Happens When You Complain To Cops About Cops

blue lineWhen I set foot inside a McDonald's in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson on Aug....

One dead in shooting on Texas college housing complex

Texas Southern UStudents at Texas Southern University say they don't feel safe on campus in the wake of...

South Carolina City Will Pay Walter Scott’s Family $6.5 Million

SC family to get 6.5 m for Scott shootingIt started out as a routine, discretionary traffic stop.A rear brake light was out on the...
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support!
TVNL Tee Shirt
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support!
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support!
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!