This Note discusses the United States Supreme Court decision refusing to infer abuse of prosecutorial discretion in a specific case from a statistical study showing that defendant's whose victims were white are over 4 times more likely to receive a death sentence in the State of Georgia than defendants whose victims were black. This Note concludes that detailed record-keeping by prosecutors in potential capital sentence cases is essential to curbing unevenly-imposed death sentencing.
College of Law
Northern Illinois University Law Review
Harris, Regina M.
"McCleskey v. Kemp: The Shadow of Racism on the Capital Sentencing Process,"
Northern Illinois University Law Review: Vol. 8:
1, Article 5.
Regina M. Harris, Note, McCleskey v. Kemp: The Shadow of Racism on the Capital Sentencing Process, 8 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 173 (1987).