the death squad

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LA Times: The U.S. Supreme Court stopped Texas officials Thursday evening from executing a Houston murderer who was sentenced to die after jurors were told he posed a greater danger to public safety because he was black.

The justices acted on an emergency appeal after Texas Gov. Rick Perry and state judges refused to intervene.

… Duane Edward Buck, a 48-year-old auto mechanic, was sentenced to die for the 1995 shootings of an ex-girlfriend and another man. His attorneys did not dispute his guilt but argued that prosecutors should not have used his race to argue for a death sentence.

… Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst did not respond to pleas urging them to grant Buck a 30-day reprieve. Perry, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, was campaigning in Iowa on Thursday, leaving Dewhurst to preside over the execution….

…. Last week, Perry said during a GOP presidential debate that he “never struggled” over the death penalty because “the state of Texas has a very thoughtful, very clear process in place.” During Perry’s 11 years in office, the state has carried out 235 executions.

The sentencing dispute arose because of an unusual provision in Texas’ death penalty law. Jurors were required to weigh whether a convicted murderer would pose a future danger if he were sentenced to life in prison rather than death. In a series of cases, Dr. Walter Quijano, a psychologist, testified that blacks posed a greater risk of “future dangerousness” than whites…..

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26 Responses to “the death squad”

  1. 1 jacquelineoboomer
    September 15, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    I’m sure I’m just being cynical, but I think Scalia is the one who took on this case (at least to get it to this point), and I can’t help but wonder if he didn’t do it so MORE attention wouldn’t be called to Rick Perry, the hangman of Texas, during his idiotic run for the R nomination.

  2. 3 utaustinliberal
    September 16, 2011 at 12:08 am

    My goodness. The inhumanity and hate that these racists have for minorities is disgusting. Yes, he’s a murderer. No one is disputing that. He’s been convicted for the murders. He’s never going to get off scot free but that wasn’t enough for the vile scumbags in the Texas judicial system. They were ready to excecute him because some idiotic psychologist who doesn’t know his head from his ass said ” blacks posed a greater risk of future dangerousness than whites.” It’s always boils down to race or the color of one’s skin. African-Americans ALWAYS get screwed over because according to the meme du jour we’re more savage than white people, we’re more inferior than white people, we’re not as smart as white people. Oh no… a white person who committed the same crime as Mr. Edward shouldn’t be put to death because his lack of sufficient melanin automatically means he’ll never pose a threat to the community at large. Oh no a white murderer is infintely at his core a better person than a black murderer. This is why racism still and will always exist because morons like these will teach their children the same messed up prejudices and their children will pass it on and the cycle just continues on as usual. African-Americans everyday have to pay the black tax in one form or another every freaking day of their lives. You work your butt off in various ways and you’re still not good enough, you’re lacking just because you’re not white. They even take this backwards treatment down to the penitentiary system. I’d like for these hateful racists to walk a day in an African-American’s shoes and see how heartbreaking and demoralizing it is to constantly be judged overtly or subtly by something as trivial and inconsequential as the color of ones skin. It’s not a pretty journey and not for the faint of heart.

    • 5 desertflower
      September 16, 2011 at 12:24 am

      I know.This whole line of thought hurts my head, and my heart.

    • September 16, 2011 at 12:41 am

      UT; you are so right I live in the state and when I go to vote at election time I feel so glad that I saved and got my passport when they changed the travel laws because of 9/11.The reason I say this is because in 2008 when I went to vote living in a district that is mostly Republican got to the poll to vote and they didn’t believe i lived in the district even with the registration card and TEXAS drivers licence so when brought my us passport they were truly shocked and made one statement is that enough proof, and the checker turned red and handed me my ballot and voted for our President with pride as a American who happens to be Black and going to do it again,GOD WILLING.

    • 7 Puddin"
      September 16, 2011 at 2:08 am

      ut, I have tears in my eyes…yes, this is our lives every day (to one extent or another). No “it’s not a pretty journey…” but I take great pride in the fact that we came from/through some mighty people, we are strong, we are survivors. I draw my strength from those who came before.

      Stay strong!!!!!!

  3. September 16, 2011 at 12:15 am

    Of course, the msm will let this slide, and not question Perry about this!
    They are not vetting them!

  4. September 16, 2011 at 12:26 am

    I will google the freak of a psychologist who made such a racist statement about Blacks.. He should get the death penalty.

    John Wayne Gacey, Ted Bundy, Hitler, Stalin, Manson are all White men so his theory is flawed.

  5. 13 desertflower
    September 16, 2011 at 12:37 am

    The man is PROJECTING AGAIN! http://www.addictinginfo.org/2011/09/15/rush-limbaugh-attacks-first-lady-again-says-obamas-limousine-weighs-8-tons-without-michelle-in-it/ When he finally keels over, God forgive me, I will not shed a tear.

    • 14 EDP4BHO
      September 16, 2011 at 12:45 am

      Whats sadder is the so-called black man who answers his phone lines for the show. Now him, I’d like to see hung right along with his boss. Racism is endemic in white and a good many blacks against their own. It’s the Willie Lynch syndrome, since slavery. A lot of mentally challenged people in this country with dirty souls. They couldn’t possibly ever give God a consideration or a beneficent prayer. Just makes me wonder why I have loved ones in the grave, and these creatures are still around.

    • September 16, 2011 at 7:14 am

      desertflower, what a hateful man limpballs is! I have just sent him an email explaining how I feel about his insults. I am seriously unimpressed with him. This is the email:

      Mr. Limbaugh, having had the misfortune of reading your unfounded diatribe against First Lady Michelle Obama I can not help but think that you have a nerve! Your vendetta against the President and his family is appalling but to launch such a personal attack is unconscionable.
      Bearing in mind that you are not exactly model material yourself the word ‘hypocrite’ comes to mind. You are a disgusting, hateful little man.

      I have never done anything like this before but his double standards just pushed all the wrong buttons for me.

  6. 16 desertflower
    September 16, 2011 at 12:41 am

    More than $800,000 worth! http://www.politico.com/static/PPM191_110915_skmbt.html Political Carnival has the story.

  7. September 16, 2011 at 12:58 am

    Why is Ben Rhodes doing the briefing with jay carney on Friday?

    He is donnilon deputy!

    Did something happen national security wise?

    Let’s hope it is very good news!

  8. 19 desertflower
    September 16, 2011 at 1:11 am

    CHIPS>..I know you must be sleeping, but THIS is important!!!! 🙂 Surprise!!!!
    http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2011/09/obama_bush_taxes.html How many people would get this question wrong??:)

  9. September 16, 2011 at 1:17 am

    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney had the following statement in response to House Speaker John Boehner’s economic speech:

    “Any plan to grow the economy and create jobs should be measured by whether it puts money in the pockets of middle class families, puts teachers, police officers, firefighters and construction workers back to work, and invests in our small businesses so they can grow and hire. The President’s plan meets that test. The American Jobs Act includes the kinds of proposals that have been supported in a bipartisan way in the past, is fully paid for, and prominent, independent economists say it could create between 1.5 and 2 million jobs. And the President’s plan rebuilds the economy the American way, based on balance, fairness and ensuring there is the same set of rules for everyone from Wall Street to Main Street. The President is committed to working with members of both parties in Congress to pass the American Jobs Act right away.”

  10. 22 desertflower
    September 16, 2011 at 1:23 am

    http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2011/09/yes_we_can.html Govt spending CAN create jobs:) Chips, you might consider adding this website to your blogroll….hint, hint:)

  11. September 16, 2011 at 6:34 am

    EUREKA! — After a one-day break in a week focused on jobs, President Obama will return his focus to the economy Friday morning as he stops by the science-and-tech-centered Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria, Va., to sign the America Invents Act. He’ll also drop by a classroom to “see demonstrations of several student science and technology projects,” the White House said in guidance to reporters..

  12. 26 a4alice
    September 16, 2011 at 7:01 am

    Good Morning TOD (yawn and stretch) :

    I know Donna has the Big Action Day planned – YES! But just a friendly reminder that while you’re reminding boehner to pass the AJA if you have someone else like your senator to remind , “Contact Congress” is to the right at the top of Chip’s blogsite. in there you can find all manner of contact information that is useful as well.

    Have a great day!

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