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A Broken Promise in Texas: Race, the Death Penalty and the Duane Buck Case

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Published on Jun 9, 2013

SIGN the change.org petition asking for a new, fair sentencing hearing for Duane Buck! https://www.change.org/petitions/sent...

On November 20, 2013, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals dismissed Duane Buck's appeal and failed to recognize that his death sentence is the unconstitutional product of racial discrimination. With the decision, Texas has once again reneged on its promise to ensure that Mr. Buck would not be executed pursuant to a death sentence that was the unfair product of a prosecutorial appeal to racial bias and stereotype. For this reason, more than one hundred civil rights leaders, clergy of various faiths, former judges, former prosecutors, and thousands of individuals in Texas and across the world, have joined our call for a new, fair, and colorblind sentencing for Duane Buck. We now urge the Harris County District Attorney's Office to respect these calls and refrain from seeking an execution date for Mr. Buck. We will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the important due process and equal protection issues at stake in Mr. Buck's case, and we are hopeful that the Supreme Court will intervene to right this unequivocal wrong.

This video highlights the racial discrimination in the Texas death penalty system and the shocking case of death-sentenced prisoner, Duane Buck. Mr. Buck was sentenced to death in Harris County (Houston), Texas, after his trial prosecutor elicited testimony from a psychologist indicating that Mr. Buck was more likely to be dangerous because he is Black. The video was produced by award-winning documentary filmmakers Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler. A Broken Promise in Texas contains powerful, never-before-seen interviews with Texas civil rights leaders, elected politicians, the surviving victim in the Buck case, one of Mr. Buck's trial prosecutors and Mr. Buck's family members, among others, calling for a new, fair sentencing hearing.

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