Texas inmate argues death sentence racially tainted
The Supreme Court is examining whether the death sentence of a Houston man was tainted by testimony and evidence referring to his race.
Condemned prisoner Duane Buck, who is black, was convicted of killing two people, including his ex-girlfriend, nearly two decades ago.
The high court is hearing Buck’s case today.
At issue is whether an appeals court was correct when it blocked Buck’s attorneys from reopening a judgment against him.
Lawyers want to move forward with an appeal contending Buck’s constitutional rights were violated when his trial lawyers put on the witness stand an expert who referred to Buck’s race during testimony.