Friday, September 16, 2011

Reason #25: Racists

Funny that Rick Perry's 234 executions as governor of Texas have been in the news lately, because #235 just got a stay. Turns out that putting a psychologist on the stand who thinks that black people are atypically predisposed toward violence is not the best way to convict a black man of a violent crime.

Or, since the psychologist in question had actually been called by the defense, it may actually be a rather ingenious way to prevent a conviction (well, an execution, anyway).

Am I saying this guy is innocent? No idea. But it's not as if Texas doesn't have plenty of executions already, so if this particular case happens to languish in appeals until the end of time, I won't lose any sleep over it.

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