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March 25, 2014

"Victim Gender and the Death Penalty"

The title of this post is the title of this notable new empirical paper authored by a whole bunch of folks at Cornell Law School and now available via SSRN. Here is the abstract:

Previous research suggests that cases involving female victims are more likely to result in death sentences.  The current study examines possible reasons for this relationship using capital punishment data from the state of Delaware.  Death was sought much more for murders of either male or female white victims compared to murders of black male victims.  Analyzing capital sentencing hearings in Delaware from 1977-2007 decided by judges or juries, we found that both characteristics of the victims and characteristics of the murders differentiated male and female victim cases.  The presence of sexual victimization, the method of killing, the relationship between the victim and the defendant, and whether or not the victim had family responsibilities all predicted the likelihood of a death sentence and help to explain why cases with female victims are more likely to be punished with a death sentence.

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The feminist lawyer, a racist, and a sexist, has over valued the white female life, and undervalued the black male life. The latter are dispatched at a rate 5000 greater than expected for their fraction of the populations. They are 5% of the populations and nearly 40% of the murder victims. Just as the KKK was a lawyer and judge founded, run and immunized fraternal organization, so the feminist is the same. The difference? It took 100 years for the genocidal manics to lynch 5000 black people. It takes the female lawyer just one year to achieve the same.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Mar 25, 2014 5:17:19 PM

Insomuch as this is true, death sentences should be applied
more comprehensively to honour the entire panoply of victims.

[Statistics reveal that approximately twice as many Americans wish the death penalty were applied more often.]

Posted by: Adamakis | Mar 25, 2014 9:05:18 PM

Another “innocent” one, Peter, Amy, Davy, bloodthirsty, Madame, et al.
Here’s the facts on #6 of your 19 “innocent” gits:

in Florida:
Leo Jones

“The officer was gunned down while driving his patrol car near North Davis and Sixth streets in May 1981. Jacksonville police arrested Jones in a nearby apartment,
where two Winchester rifles were under a bed.
One of the rifles contained Jones' fingerprints. --Jacksonville Times-Union, 2/21/98

• “there he confronted appellant and appellant's cousin, Bobby Hammond, charging them both with attempted first-degree murder. During a cursory search of the apartment ...”

• “testimony that about a week prior to the murder Jones had told a police officer that he was tired of being hassled by the police
and that he intended to kill a pig.

• “Further, [Jones’s cousin] Hammond testified that on the night of the murder, he saw Jones leave the apartment with a rifle in his hand
then heard gunshots and shortly thereafter [saw that] Jones returned to the apartment still carrying the rifle. -- 591 So. 2d 111


| National Journal | “Jones, too, claimed coercion. He said the police had beaten the confession out of him, that he was half-senseless
and in fear for his life when he initialed it.
[However] Jones had been taken to the hospital after his arrest and was found [so doctor testified at trial] to have only superficial injuries,
from the scuffle. For the six hours before he [specifically confessed and gave an unique motive],
he had not been touched, as he himself acknowledged. The jury returned the sentence of death by electrocution.” -- Jonathan Rauch, 5/30/98

| Chicago Tribune | “More than a dozen people had implicated another man as the killer … Said Nadine Appleby, a retired secretary who voted for a death sentence:
"If we had known some of these things that had come up afterward, it might have made a difference." ”-- Steve Mills, 12/18/00

/“Jones' primary argument is based on the recent decision of Booth v. Maryland,… that introduction of victim impact evidence to a capital punishment sentencing jury
/violated the eighth amendment” -- 533 So. 2d 290

| National Journal | “As for Bobby Hammonds, he kept changing his story. When the police interrogated him, he implicated Jones, but then, in a sworn statement,
he recanted; at the trial, he implicated Jones again; after the trial, he recanted a second time,” Jonathan Rauch, 5/30/98

/“In light of Jones' confession as well as the other evidence introduced at the trial, it could not be said that the newly discovered evidence
/would not have compelled a verdict for Jones in the event it had been introduced at trial.” -- 591 So. 2d 111

Posted by: Adamakis | Mar 27, 2014 10:07:06 AM

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