Texas still leads the country in executions, right? About the only statistic Bush improved, if you can call it that, as governor?
From The Moratorium Campaign:
Supreme Court to Hear Arguments in Texas Race Case
From The Death Penalty Information Center:
On Wednesday, October 16th, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case of Thomas Miller-El, a black Texas death row inmate who claims that Dallas County prosecutors engaged in a racially biased jury selection process at the time of his trial in 1986. Miller-El v. Cockrell will require the Court to clarify the rules for demonstrating racial discrimination in jury selection and to determine what evidence a lower court should consider when reviewing such a claim.
Miller-El asserts that Dallas County prosecutors systematically excluded African-American jurors during his trial. Ten of the 11 potential black jurors were eliminated by the prosecution. In their final analysis, the lower courts discounted evidence that, until at least the mid-1980s, prosecutors employed a policy of removing as many black jurors as possible from trials of black defendants.
There was another stat I should look for, indicating that black jurors were less likely to vote for convictions in cases where the defendent was up for the death penalty, but there are so many numbers tossed around by both sides of the debate, and there's the class-based adjusting of racial data that no one ever wants to bother with, so I'm not sure how accurate that was to begin with.
Wouldn't surprise me to find out higher-income, more mainstreamed/integrated black people were closer to the norm regarding this, as in so many other things.
Don't think that was one of the goals of the Civil Rights Movement, but you can never really predict these things. . .
You do realize that "norm" is a euphemism, right?