Supreme Court okays execution of inmate sentenced to death by racist juror
The U.S. Supreme will not take up the death penalty case of Keith Tharpe, a black Georgia death row inmate. He was sentenced to death in 1991 for kidnapping and killing his estranged wife’s sister-in-law, Jaqueline Freeman. That death sentence was handed down by a jury including a white juror named Barney Gattie, who made no effort at all to make is racism a secret.
Gattie said Tharpe should get the death penalty because he believed there were two types of black people, “regular black folk” and “n****rs.” In his mind, the latter included Tharpe, and that type deserved to die. Despite this blatant racism from a juror, no court has ever heard Tharpe’s claim that he was subject to racial bias and now no court ever will. The Supreme Court turned the case away, clearing the state of Georgia to schedule his execution.
This points to one reason why the death penalty does not work; racism.
A racist will be only too happy to find a person guilty and vote for the death penalty if a person being accused is a minority, so that they can get a ‘legal’ hanging. Many racists don’t really care if the person is innocent or not. Thus a lot of minorities end up on death row, completely innocent, and the government is now guilty of murdering innocent people.