On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of the United States held that Duane Buck’s death sentence is invalid because defendant’s expert witness testified that Mr. Buck was more likely to be violent because he is black.
Buck was convicted of capital murder in 1996 and was sentenced to death in 1997. Buck’s attorney sponsored the testimony of Walter Quijano, a psychologist. Prior to trial, Quijano wrote, “Race. Black. Increased probability.” In 2000, Texas Attorney General John Cornyn said that asserting a connection between race and dangerousness was wrong and unconstitutional.
Now, the Buck case returns to Harris County for resentencing.