An expert witness testified that blacks are dangerous. That truthful fact is enough to keep Duane Buck’s death sentence for murder from being carried out.
That’s crazy because the truth is often “racist.” Shouldn’t truth be expressed in a court of law?
Excerpt from IB Times
A death row inmate’s appeal can continue because an expert witness at his original trial said blacks were more likely to be dangerous than other races, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.
In a 6-2 decision, the Court ruled that Duane Buck, now 53, was entitled to continue to appeal the death sentence he received for the 1995 murder of his ex-girlfriend, Debra Gardner, and her friend, Kenneth Butler. Buck also shot his stepsister, who survived.
Buck was found guilty of the murders, and the jury in the case was charged with determining if Buck should be sentenced to death. As the Court noted, in order to hand down a death sentence, the jury had to determine that Buck would likely “commit criminal acts of violence that would constitute a continuing threat to society.” During the sentencing phase of his trial, Buck’s own attorney called upon Dr. Walter Quijano, who testified on behalf of prosecutors in more than 100 capital murder cases, to delivery expert testimony.
During cross-examination, the prosecutor in the case asked Quijano if “the race factor, black, increases the future dangerousness” of Buck. Quijano replied that Buck’s race did indeed make him more likely to be dangerous in the future. In spite of another psychologist testifying that Buck was not likely to be dangerous in prison, as he had served time without incident in the past and that the murders were a “crime of passion,” the jury sentenced Buck to death after asking for Quijano’s report during deliberation.
On Wednesday, the court rejected the state’s argument that Quijano hardly mentioned race in his testimony, and therefore wasn’t the main factor in the jury’s decision to put Buck to death.
CNN claims that Buck was sentenced to die because he’s black.
He’s a killer, CNN. You think that might have something to do with it.