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Re: “Nobody Thinks the Death Penalty Is a Good Idea (Or Is Willing to Say So Outright)

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The 130 (now 139) death row "innocents" scam

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Posted by dudleysharp on 01/06/2010 at 12:07 AM

Re: “Nobody Thinks the Death Penalty Is a Good Idea (Or Is Willing to Say So Outright)

Has the ALI become non academic or is this the new academia?

The ALI chose two anti death penalty activist law professors to prepare the ALI's final review of the death penalty before their final vote against the death penalty.

ALI could not have been duped idiots here.

Even a non academic could rip some significant holes in their report.

ALI, be a bit more subtle next time and pick anti death penalty folks that some ignorant few might think are neutral. At least give some appearance of objectivity, as opposed to a blatant disregard for it.

They even misinterpreted McCleskey v Kemp, for goodness sakes. No surprise. Well, a bit of a surprise.

Jordon Steiker, one of the authors of the ALI report, was in the audience at a death penalty debate at U of Texas Law School, wherein he asked me a question, along the lines of,

"Dudley, are you telling me I have been improperly teaching McCleskey". My reply was along the lines of "Yes, I suspect most, if not all law professors do." Then, I explained why. I guess he forgot.

As in:

From ALI's death penalty review, page 29 PDF, http://www.ali.org/doc/Capital%20Punishmen…, as roughly, in McCleskey,

" . . . the study concluded that defendants charged with killing white victims were 4.3 times as likely to receive a death sentence as defendants charged with killing blacks . . ."

Complete, utter nonsense.

The study results were by an odds multiplier of 4.3, not 4.3 times. What's the difference? An odds multiplier of 4.3 MAY FIND a differential of only 2-4%, whereas 4.3 times is a differential of 330%.

Huge variables. Some explanation:

1) "The Math Behind Race, Crime and Sentencing Statistics"…

2) See "The Odds of Execution" within "How numbers are tricking you"

NOTE: In the first review, by Paulos, I did an analysis of the Philadelphia study by Baldus. The oft wrongly interpreted 4 times differential, was an odds multiplier of 4. My analysis found that if only 2% more whites were sentenced to death and 2% fewer blacks, there would be zero statistical difference in sentencing, as opposed to the wrongly interpreted 300% differential represented by 4 times.

Baldus could have fully explained this in the Philadelphia study, just as he could have, way back in McCleskey and anytime since.

Posted by dudleysharp on 01/06/2010 at 12:06 AM

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