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March 1, 2007

Show me the prosecutorial capital discretion realities

As detailed in this post and this webpage, I have the honor of participating tomorrow in an exciting conference co-sponsored by Saint Louis University and Washington University School of Law entitled "Life and Death Decisions: Prosecutorial Discretion and Capital Punishment in Missouri."  I am heading out to the airport shortly, and thus posting will may be lighter over the next few days while I am in the Show Me state.

If technology permits, I may try to live blog a little bit of the conference tomorrow.  Relatedly, I am hoping someone might be live-blogging the other exciting criminal justice conference going on this weekend, the Columbia Law School's symposium on "Pursuing Racial Fairness in Criminal Justice: Twenty Years After McCleskey v. Kemp." 

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I hope that when discussing "racial fairness", the overrepresentation of non-Hispanic white murderers with respect to those on the row and those actually executed will be discussed.

I am sure too that the victim disparity will be discussed without looking at the role of juries, prosecutors and the per murder resources in the sentencing outcomes.

Posted by: | Mar 1, 2007 1:52:16 PM

I can't wait to read your write-up (if you do one) upon your return. As I might have mentioned earlier, Connecticut is having this very debate, albeit in the form of a hearing in court.

Posted by: Gideon | Mar 1, 2007 8:24:30 PM

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