If someone killed a family member of yours in front of their child would you think death row is the appropriate sentence for them? Now what if you found out they were being sent to death row because the murderer was black?
The verdict might seem like a scenario of six in one hand and half a dozen in the other, right? But over 100 activists, lawyers, clergy and even the former governor of Texas Mark White said, not if the verdict was based on color, according to ABC-13 in Houston, Texas. Duane Buck killed his sister and two other people, including his girlfriend in front of her daughter after her child pleaded with him not to pull the trigger. But when Buck was sentenced to death row in 1995, White said it was because of his color.
“There were racial suggestions made that he’d be more likely to reoffend just because he was black.”
But, once they prove that this is true, will the state hear the case again and decide to take him off death row, then return him to death row or general population? It seems strange that the man would be rescued from death row…doesn’t it? Maybe he should get an apology for the race factor, maybe even a financial reward, but removed from death row?
“When there is no question of guilt or innocence, it’s a question of whether the sentence was appropriately applied,” said Reverend Susan Buchanan with the United Methodist Church. “In this case it was not.”
The families are seeking closure after Buck has sat on death row for nearly 20 years. Of course, they feel the verdict was appropriate. What do you think should be the appropriate action taken?
Check out the report.