Duane Buck, Death Row, and the 'Dangerousness' of Black People

Hamilton Nolan · 06/10/13 11:16AM

In 1997, Duane Buck was convicted of shooting and killing two people, including his former girlfriend, in Houston, Texas. A jury sentenced him to death. Among the factors that influenced their decision: testimony from a psychologist who said that black people like Buck are more violent and dangerous than other people.

Texas Doesn't Execute Someone for Once

Richard Lawson · 09/16/11 08:19AM

While convicted double murderer Duane Buck's guilt is not in question, his death penalty sentence is. So in a last-minute measure — Buck had already eaten his last meal — his execution was stayed, because during his sentencing hearing the prosecution had a psychologist testify that black people are more likely to commit crimes.