Axis of Logic: Study ties race to death penalty

“The future of capital punishment in North Carolina could hinge on a question most people find odious: Does the court system think a white person’s life is worth more than a black person’s?

A recent study of Tar Heel courts — led by prominent death-penalty researcher Michael Radelet — suggests the answer is “yes.” Radelet found the odds a murder suspect will get the death penalty are three times higher if the victim is white rather than black.

Supporters of the death penalty say Radelet’s study is off base. Among other things, they argue that while the raw numbers may be accurate, the disparities are less gaping than they appear at first blush and can be explained by sociological factors that have nothing to do with racial prejudice.”

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