U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Review Case of Duane Buck

Today we learned that the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review the case of Duane Buck, who was scheduled to be executed on September 15, 2011.  Here’s a statement from his attorney, Kate Black, in response to today’s denial of his appeal:

“We are disappointed that the U.S. Supreme Court has for now declined to review Duane Buck’s case and will not be considering whether the reliance on Mr. Buck’s race as a basis for asking the jury to sentence him to death violated the Constitution.  It is now up to the State of Texas to ensure that Mr. Buck receives a sentencing hearing that is not impacted by the color of his skin.”

— Kate Black, attorney for Duane Buck

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Denial of Cert by J. Alito
http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/11pdf/11-6391Alito.pdf
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Dissent by J.Sotomayor
http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/11pdf/11-6391Sotomayor.pdf

Read previous TCADP blog posts on Duane Buck.