Because freedom can't protect itself
I've reread this sentence from the fourth paragraph a few times to make sure, but I think there might be an error here: "These statistics showed that, after controlling for nonracial factors, a person convicted of killing a white person was 11 times more likely to receive the death penalty than a person who killed a black person, and that convicted killers of white victims faced odds of being sentenced to death that were 4.3 times higher than the odds faced by convicted killers of African-American victims."
I think that both of the statistics here say the same thing (that a person convicted of killing a white person are more likely to receive the death penalty than a person convicted of killing a Black person). Am I reading it wrong, or is this written incorrectly?
It is because of these things that make me question the death penalty. If a black person is accused of killing a white person, those who may be investigating and prosecuting the case might have a personal vendetta against the accused, or there may be a public outcry of wanting justice and wanting it now. In the town of Ashton, ID. there was a case of a white male in his twenties or thirties who was accused of murdering a fifteen year old girl and was convicted. It turns out he did not commit the crime. During the ballistics test, the weapon in question was fired some thirty times before they had a "match". Thus, it was a good ol' boy system and a personal grudge that locked this man up for twenty some years before he was cleared of these crimes. Sad to say, he enjoyed very little of his freedom because he died of a stroke soon after being released from prison. If they are convicted beyond a reasonable doubt (the man who murdered Holly Klass for example), give them the syringe. But if there's doubt, we need to make sure an innocent person is not wrongly convicted and put to death for a crime he didn't commit.
Jack, you are reading that sentence correctly. These studies, which have been replicated in many states, suggest that the crime is more serious when the victim is white.
As Professor Anthony Amsterdam said in a recent address on the McCleskey case, "In every watering hole in every American State and locality, criminal trial lawyers in their cups recite some version of the same Statement of the Real Law of Homicide, which goes: 'If a black man kill a white man, that be first-degree murder; if a white man kill a white man, that be second-degree murder; if a black man kill a black man, that be mere manslaughter; whereas if a white man kill a black man that be excusable homicide (unless a woman be involved, in which cases the black man died of natural causes).'"
Thanks for reading.
However I do have a question about this sentence: Does this mean that a person (black or white) convicted of killing a white person are more likely to receive the death penalty than a person (black or white) convicted of killing a black person?
Personaly I find it strange that many of those who are the most paranoid about big governement are also those who clammor the loudest for the death penalty.
The Aclu is a bunch of lying thugs. They with their liberal cohort act like niggers are being executed far more than whites. Hey idiots blacks are committing over half the crimes in this country even though they compose only 13% of the population. If truth be told most niggers should be executed for being drug pushers, murderers, and lazy good for nothing welfare receivers.
Racial Justice Act...the name alone sounds discriminatory to me, a white male. Either we ALL are equal, or we are not. Which is it? Also, if ONE class of people are to be 'protected' then ALL classes of people need to be 'protected', including whites. I am NOT a racist, but do beleive that we all are equal and there should be NO favortisim to ANY race, ethnicity (or gender).
Birdie, isn't Caucasian a race?
Liberal Hater why don't you find a very large African American man and share such wisdom with him.I am sure that you would find the experience quite exciting.
Paen, let us suggest a very large African American man with the same temperament as Liberal Hater and bigoted feelings toward Whites. I know some large African American men who pretty much incapable of losing their tempers with ignorant people.
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