Elliot Cramer | Indy Week

Elliot Cramer 
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Re: “After "soul-searching," Racial Justice Act passes

I expect that everyone on Death Row, white and black will file a claim of discrimination based on the following paragraph in the Act

(a) A finding that race was the basis of the decision to seek or impose a death sentence may be established if the court finds that race was a significant factor in decisions to seek or impose the sentence of death in the county, the prosecutorial district, the judicial division, or the State at the time the death sentence was sought or imposed.

Posted by Elliot Cramer on 08/13/2009 at 8:21 AM

Re: “De facto death penalty moratorium may end

Re "And a 2001 study conducted by two University of North Carolina professors, which analyzed cases over a four-year period in the 1990s, found the odds of receiving a death sentence in North Carolina grew 3.5 times in cases where the victim was white. "

You previously stated that murderers of white were 3.5 times as likely to get the death penalty. You neglect to say the 95% of the murderers of African-Americans are African-American themselves. The study itself is horribly flawed and in eight years they have been unable to get it published

Re "That study, published by the Common Sense Foundation, found that black defendants in the state were also twice as likely to receive a death sentence, when comparing identical crimes."

It didn't say this and it isn't true

Re " Of the 206 defendants who are on death row or have been executed in North Carolina since 1977, 100-or 49 percent-are black, although the state has had an African-American population of roughly 22 percent over the past three decades."

About three times as many Whites have been executed as Blacks. The number of Blacks on Death row are proportional to the number of murders by Blacks. They commit more murders. The 22% is irrelevant.

Posted by Elliot Cramer on 08/11/2009 at 7:58 AM

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