Litigating the Racist Nature of the Death Penalty

Lawyers for Walter Raglin who was sentenced to death for the 1996 murder of musician, Michael Bany, have filed a motion seeking a new trial on the basis that Raglin would have 5.33 times less likely to receive the death penalty if his victim had not been white:

Walter Raglin, 44, awaits execution on Ohio's death row in the 1995 shooting death of Cincinnati musician Michael Bany. Lawyers for Raglin are requesting to file a motion for a new trial based on a recent study pointing to racial factors weighing too heavily in capital punishment cases in Hamilton County, Ohio.
In Hamilton County, Ohio, a recent study shows that race is a factor that weighs heavily on whether a person receives a sentence of death. Walter Raglin (pictured) is contesting his sentence for a 1966 murder on the basis of the racist nature of the death penalty using the results of the study.

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