In McCleskey v. Kemp, the Supreme Court refused to accept statistical evidence of race discrimination in an equal protection challenge to the death penalty. This lecture, on the decision's thirtieth anniversary, locates McCleskey in cases of the Burger and Rehnquist Courts that restrict proof of discriminatory purpose in terms that make it exceedingly difficult for minority plaintiffs successfully to assert equal protection claims.
Date of Authorship for this Version
Siegel, Reva, "BLIND JUSTICE: WHY THE COURT REFUSED TO ACCEPT STATISTICAL EVIDENCE OF DISCRIMINATORY PURPOSE IN MCCLESKEY V. KEMP - AND SOME PATHWAYS FOR CHANGE" (2018). Faculty Scholarship Series. 5295.