In a seminal empirical study, David Baldus et al. showed that capital defendants were 4.3 times more likely to be sentenced to death when accused of killing a white victim rather than a black victim.
In a new study updating Baldus’s data by looking at whom states actually executed, Professors Scott Phillips and Justin Marceau show that post-sentencing mechanisms (appeals, clemency, etc.) aggravate the racism found in capital sentencing. Come hear a panel of professors discuss Phillips and Marceau’s upcoming piece, “Whom the State Kills” (forthcoming in CRCL Volume 55.2) and the implications their findings have for the future of the death penalty and for the criminal legal landscape. (This panel presented as part of the CRCL 55th Anniversary weekend.)
Non-pizza lunch provided.