Sentenced to Death Because He is Black: Grant Duane Buck a New Hearing!
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Sentenced to Death Because He is Black: Grant Duane Buck a New Hearing!

    1. Linda Geffin
    2. Petition by

      Linda Geffin

      Houston, TX

**************URGENT UPDATE***********************

Duane Buck, sentenced to death because he’s Black, may be one step closer to execution today. On November 20, 2013, a Texas court denied Mr. Buck’s appeal for a new sentencing hearing. The Harris County District Attorney’s Office could seek an execution date at any time.

In 1997, a jury in Harris County, Texas, sentenced Duane Buck to death. I know because I was one of the prosecutors.

I am speaking out against his execution because the Texas criminal justice system cannot allow considerations of race to be placed in front of the jury, as it was in this case.

I started my petition in the hopes that the District Attorney’s Office will keep the promise made by the former Texas Attorney General to make sure Duane Buck receives a new, color-blind sentencing. The color of a person’s skin should never influence how we punish them in this country. I hope you will join me and tens of thousands of others in asking the Harris County District Attorney to allow a new, fair sentencing hearing for Duane Buck.

The jury was told that Mr. Buck was more likely to pose a future danger to society because he is African American. This inappropriate and offensive reliance on race was so improper that in 2000, the Texas Attorney General said that all seven defendants who had racially inappropriate evidence presented against them were entitled to new, fair, and color-blind sentencing hearings. Mr. Buck is the only one of the seven defendants who has not received a resentencing.

Mr. Buck must be punished for his crime, however, the former Texas Attorney General was correct when he said that ‘it is inappropriate to allow race to be considered as a factor in our criminal justice system.’ Mr. Buck should not stand alone as the only one of the seven defendants who has not received his new sentencing hearing.

The Harris County District Attorney’s Office has a unique moment to demonstrate that Harris County will be guided by equality and justice – particularly when the ultimate punishment is on the line.

Read more at: http://www.naacpldf.org/case-issue/duane-buck-sentenced-death-because-he-black

Watch a ten minute video where the surviving victim of Duane’s crime explain why she does not want him to be executed: “A Broken Promise in Texas: Race, the Death Penalty and the Duane Buck Case” here: http://youtu.be/tD6WWN38ZGc

Please join me in signing the petition.

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    1. Reached 75,000 signatures
    2. Must watch segment: CNN's Anderson Cooper discusses Duane's case

      Emilia Gutierrez
      Petition Organizer
      Inmate on death row because he's black?

      A Texas man named Duane Buck, convicted of murdering two people, has been sentenced to die. He's asked an appeals court to grant him a new sentencing hearing. Buck's appeal is supported by a broad coalition of individuals and organizations, including a former Texas governor and one of the prosecutors who convicted him.

    3. New phenomenal video on Duane's case!

      Emilia Gutierrez
      Petition Organizer

      A Broken Promise in Texas: Race, the Death Penalty and the Duane Buck Case

      Today, the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. released a new video highlighting the racial discrimination in the Texas death penalty system and the shocking case of death-sentenced prisoner, Duane Buck. Mr. Buck was sentenced to death in Harris County (Houston), Texas, after his trial prosecutor elicited testimony from a psychologist indicating that Mr. Buck was more likely to be dangerous because he is Black.

    4. Reached 50,000 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Michael Hansen SPRINGFIELD, MO
      • 7 months ago

      If the prosecutor thinks the sentence was unfair, then I think that is a GREAT indicator that it was unfair and way too harsh. Please have another sentencing hearing for this man.

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    • zilda ferreira SãO PAULO, SP, BRASIL, BRAZIL
      • 7 months ago

      SOU CONTRA PRECONCEITOS DE QUALQUER TIPO.isso é ignorância,Um absurdo que deve ser combatido.´Não se deve julgar um homem pela sua raça,cor, condi~ção social,opção sexual. Qie atraso!

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    • Marge Beauvais LITTLE CANADA, MN
      • 7 months ago

      The death penalty says more about us than about the prisioner.

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    • Warren Hoff ST. LOUIS, MO
      • 7 months ago

      Heard the story of Hector Black's forgiveness. Not the issue here but his support of this petition, and the issue of fundamental fairness as well as my opposition to the death penalty convinces me.

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    • Chiz Schultz NYACK, NY
      • 8 months ago

      The death penalty must stop. The racism must stop. Texas must stop its record for more executions than any other state.

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