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Death penalty in Military polluted with racial disparities

Melissa Taylor, McClatchy, reports on the findings of a disturbing academic research study. “A  group of law and statistics professors found that minorities in the military were twice as likely to be sentenced to death as their white counterparts, a statistic higher than is known to exist in most civilian court systems.” However, the authors of the study also stated that there is “no suggestion here that any participant in the military criminal justice system consciously and knowingly discriminated on the basis of the race of the accused or the victim”, despite the fact that there is “substantial evidence that many actors in the American criminal justice system are unconsciously influenced by the race of defendants and their victims.”

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