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Race and the Death Penalty

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Charles Lane at The American Interest has an interesting article addressing the issue of race and the death penalty.  As he notes:

In fact, much of the statistical evidence cited by death-penalty critics to show that blacks and whites fare differently in capital cases does not necessarily prove racism at all. To the contrary, it could well reflect racial progress. 

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The following statistic from the article speakes volumes:

Blacks committed 51.5 % of the murders nationwide between 1976-1998 but accounted for only 41.3% of those sentenced to death from 1977 to 1999.

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