Tuesday, April 17, 2012

McCleskey v. Kemp turns 25

The ACLU reports that April 22 marks the 25th anniversary of one of the most important, yet least recognized, Supreme Court decisions of the past 30 years. In McCleskey v. Kemp, the court conceded the presence of systemic racial discrimination in Georgia's death penalty system, but refused to intervene. Instead, they erected an impossibly high standard of proof for discrimination and plainly admitted that they feared any other decision would shake the system to its very foundations.

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