Death Penalty, Still Racist and Arbitrary – NY Times Op-Ed

By DAVID R. DOW – New York Times Op-Ed Contributor LAST week was the 35th anniversary of the return of the American death penalty. It remains as racist and as random as ever. Several years after the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, a University of Iowa law professor, David C. Baldus (who died last month), along with two colleagues, published a study examining more than 2,000 homicides that took place in Georgia beginning in 1972. They found that black defendants were 1.7 times more likely to receive the death penalty than white defendants and that murderers of white victims were 4.3 times more likely to be sentenced to death than those who killed blacks. [Full Story: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/09/opinion/09dow.html ]

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Death Penalty, Still Racist and Arbitrary – NY Times Op-Ed