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August 16, 2008

A close look at death in the First State

A new article now up here at SSRN, which looks closely at one state's death penalty, looks like useful weekend reading.  The article is titled "The Death Penalty in Delaware: An Empirical Study," and here is the abstract:

This article reports the findings of the first phase of a three phase empirical study of the death penalty in Delaware.  In phase 1, we examined only cases in which the defendant was sentenced to death. While our findings are preliminary, there appear to be, as numerous other studies have found in other jurisdictions, race of victim effects.  Seventy percent of the death sentences were imposed in white victim cases, even though the majority of the murder victims are black. Additionally, Delaware has one of the highest death sentencing rates in the country. This high rate appears to be the result of a change in the Delaware death sentencing scheme from jury to judge sentencing.  When that change was implemented, the number of death sentences rose dramatically.  Our preliminary findings also reveal a geographic effect. Two thirds of the death sentences were imposed in New Castle County, 29% were imposed in Kent County and only 5% of the death sentences resulted from murders which occurred in Sussex County.  Finally, in analyzing the outcomes of the cases in which the defendant was sentenced to death on appeal, we found an overall error rate of 44%.

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It's not surprising that death sentences rose in Delaware when the elite class (lawyers and politicians) was given the power to impose it. This finding also suggests that the error rate of 44% is much lower than it should be. In other words, were a fair and impartial arbiter reviewing the decisions rather than the elite class--those whose agenda is to kill their way out of the social problems their leadership has created--the error rate would probably approach 100%.

Posted by: DK | Aug 16, 2008 1:32:34 PM

are judges in Delaware elected? If so, and there are any delaware defense lawyers on the list I'll be glad to send them a motion I have filed arguing that under Republican Party of Minn v White, it is a violation of due process for a highly publicized capital case to be tried by a judge subject to popular election to keep his or her seat.

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Posted by: sohbet | Oct 15, 2008 4:53:16 PM

It's not surprising that death sentences rose in Delaware when the elite class (lawyers and politicians) was given the power to impose it. This finding also suggests that the error rate of 44% is much lower than it should be. In other words, were a fair and impartial arbiter reviewing the decisions rather than the elite class--those whose agenda is to kill their way out of the social problems their leadership has created--the error rate would probably approach 100%.

Posted by: bagkur sorgulama | Feb 17, 2010 12:21:42 PM

It's not surprising that death sentences rose in Delaware when the elite class (lawyers and politicians) was given the power to impose it. This finding also suggests that the error rate of 44% is much lower than it should be. In other words, were a fair and impartial arbiter reviewing the decisions rather than the elite class--those whose agenda is to kill their way out of the social problems their leadership has created--the error rate would probably approach 100%.

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