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Constitutional Law Keyed to Choper
McCleskey v. Kemp
Citation:481 U.S. 279, 107 S.Ct. 1756, 95 L.Ed.2d 262 (1987).
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McCleskey, a black man, was convicted of murdering a police officer in Georgia and sentenced to death. In a writ of habeas corpus, McCleskey argued that a statistical study proved that the imposition of the death penalty in Georgia depended to some extent on the race of the victim and the accused. The study found that black defendants who kill white victims are the most likely to receive death sentences in the state.
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