TX: Citing “racial stereotype,” SCOTUS says inmate can appeal death sentence

Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“During a sentencing hearing in Texas two decades ago, a defense attorney for a man named Duane Buck called on an expert who said his client’s race made it more statistically likely that he would commit violent crimes in the future. Because of that statement, the Supreme Court has ruled 6-2 that Buck, who is black, can appeal his death sentence. It’s the latest development in a case that Chief Justice John Roberts describes as ‘a perfect storm’ of circumstances that he says culminated in a lower court ‘making a decision on life or death on the basis of race.'” (02/22/17)