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Civil Rights and Race Relations in America and Their Impact on the Lives of African Americans
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Monday, June 10, 2013
Today, the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. released a new video highlighting the racial discrimination in the Texas death penalty system and the shocking case of death-sentenced prisoner, Duane Buck. Mr. Buck was sentenced to death in Harris County (Houston), Texas, after his trial prosecutor elicited testimony from a psychologist indicating that Mr. Buck was more likely to be dangerous because he is Black. The video was produced by award-winning documentary filmmakers Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler. A Broken Promise in Texas contains powerful, never-before-seen interviews with Texas civil rights leaders, elected politicians, the surviving victim in the Buck case, one of Mr. Buck's trial prosecutors and Mr. Buck's family members, among others, calling for a new, fair sentencing hearing. The video's release comes at a critical juncture, as Mr. Buck may soon be at risk of execution: the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals is currently considering Mr. Buck's appeal for a new sentencing hearing and the Court is expected to rule in the coming weeks.