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
Denial of Cert by J. Alito
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Dissent by J.Sotomayor
Read previous TCADP blog posts on Duane Buck.