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Thursday, December 01, 2005

Took, Took, Tookie...Goodbye

In the clemency petition, Williams' latest set of lawyers argued that prosecutor Robert Martin had kicked all African Americans off the jury. When prosecutors produced a death certificate that showed that juror William McLurkin was black, the lawyers noted in a reply that it doesn't matter if McLurkin was black or part-black, because he "looked Filipino." I assiduously try to avoid discussing racially charged death penalty appeals cases. It is enough to occasionally quote the tortured logic of the defendant's attorneys.

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