Texas in­mate ar­gues death sen­tence racially tainted

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

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.

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