Constitutional Law Keyed to Stone
McCleskey v. Kemp
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The Petitioner, an African-American, was convicted in a Georgia state court of murdering a white person and sentenced to death. David Baldus (Baldus) produced a study (the “Baldus Study”) in which over 2,000 murder cases were examined in Georgia. Taking into account nonracial factors, Baldus concluded that blacks were 4.3 times more likely to receive the death penalty for killing whites than for killing other blacks. Petitioner, relying on the Baldus Study, claimed that the Georgia capital sentencing scheme was administered in a racially discriminatory way.
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