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Criminal Law Keyed to Kaplan
McCleskey v. Kemp
Citation:481 U.S. 279 (1987)
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McCleskey, a black man, was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of a white police officer. In his petition for a writ of habeas corpus McCkleskey alleged that Georgia’s death penalty sentencing process was administered in a racially discriminatory manner. To support this, McCleskey cited the Baldus study, which indicated that black defendants who kill white victims have the greatest likelihood of receiving the death penalty.
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