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When is prejudice prejudicial? That is the question the Supreme Court justices heard on Wednesday in the case of Duane Buck. In 1996, Buck murdered his ex-girlfriend in front of her children along with a man he thought she was sleeping with. At his death penalty trial in Texas in 1997, the prosecutor asked a defense expert whether it was correct that “the race factor” that he was “black” increased Buck’s future dangerousness.
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