Let’s Hear A Round Of Applause For Rick Perry Almost Killing Another Black Man

Here’s a little reported story coming out of the Lone Star state. Yes, you know where Rick Perry is proud of his record of executions? Yeah, they clapped for that during the debate, remember? Well here’s a story that somehow hasn’t gotten any media attention. Much like the Troy Davis case, I suspect this lack of media attention is due to the fact that the condemned in this case, is Black.

His name is Duane Edward Buck, and depending on when you read this, he may already be dead. His crime isn’t important; however, what is important, is that Gov. Rick Perry has the opportunity to stop the execution of this man. I’m not suggesting that Buck is innocent of his crime. But clearly, there’s a hint of good ‘ole racism involved in this case. Don’t believe me? Well, check this out:

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry has unabashedly stood by executing more people than any governor in history, but lawyers are pleading with Perry not to add to the record by condemning a man whose sentence may have been tainted by racist testimony

Duane Edward Buck is sitting on death row for the 1995 shooting deaths of Debra Gardner and Kenneth Butler. But in now discredited testimony, Dr. Walter Quijano told the jury during the 1997 trial that Buck, a black man, was predisposed to violent crime because of his race. During cross-examination at Buck’s trial, a prosecutor asked Quijano whether “the race factor, black, increases the future dangerousness for various complicated reasons; is that correct?”

“Yes,” Quijano replied

Six other death row cases in which Quijano gave similar testimony resulted in new trials after then-Attorney General John Cornyn said Quijano’s testimony should not have been allowed by state prosecutors. Perry is now facing calls to offer a similar reprieve by granting Buck a one time, 30-day stay of execution

“We urge Gov. Perry to grant a temporary reprieve to allow all parties involved to work together to ensure that Mr. Buck receives a new and fair sentencing hearing untainted by race-based testimony,” said Kate Black, one of Buck’s defense lawyers.

On Tuesday, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles recommended that Perry not commute or delay Buck’s sentence, overriding the urging of Buck’s defense lawyers, a prosecutor who was on the team that sentenced him and one of Buck’s victims who survived after being shot in the chest. Perry cannot grant clemency without the board’s approval, but he can grant the 30-day delay. (source)

Duane Edwards Buck

Now with Rick Perry receiving standing ovations for his record 234 execution orders at the GOP debate about a week ago. What’s the odds of him acting in the interest of justice for this young man? If you say zero, don’t feel bad given Perry’s track record.

After all, when asked about his stellar record a week ago, he said, “The state of Texas has a very thoughtful, a very clear process in place. When someone commits the most heinous of crimes against our citizens, they get a fair hearing, they go through an appellate process, they go up to the Supreme Court of the United States if that’s required.”

Maybe that’s the real reason for the lack of media attention in this case. Maybe it isn’t the fact that the man condemned to die is Black. Clearly that nor the racist testimony matters. It doesn’t matter because as Perry said, their process is thorough, and of course just, right?

Thankfully the Supreme Court has stepped in to stop Duane Edward Buck’s execution. But since Perry never granted the 30-day-stay of execution. I’m sure this decision by the Feds is just another example of too much government. Yep, to hell with doing the right thing. But hey, this is the Republican frontrunner to become president, so who the hell needs civil rights, or justice, right?