THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — While its too late for the man put to death earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court did do what Gov. Perry would not do — halt executions until an investigation is made into unfair racial references made during certain trials invovling minorities.
Then Texas Attorney General John Cornyn, now a U.S. Senator, said in 2000 that Duane Buck’s case (along with 5 others) need to be reopened and reviewed because of racial references. The later state attorneys and lower courts did not allow this review and the rulings were appealed all the way to the Supreme Court.
It is believed that had this racial reference not occurred, Buck would have received the lessor sentence of life in prison instead.
Earlier post on the same topic: https://lexiecannes.wordpress.com/2011/09/13/black-prisoner-to-be-executed-in-texas-instead-of-life-term-because-hes-black/
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