Assume that you are the lawyer representing an African American offender who has been sentenced to death. What types of evidence would you need to convince the appellate courts that decision makers in your client’s case had “acted with discriminatory purpose”?

In the case of the Martinsville Seven, a series of state and federal court rulings rejected the defendants’ allegations regarding racial discrimination in the application of the death penalty. Judge Doubles, for instance, ruled that there was no evidence of racial discrimination in the actions of the six juries that sentenced the seven men to death. In McCleskey v. Kemp, the U.S. Supreme Court similarly ruled that the “The generalized statistics of the Baldus study failed to raise an inference that McCleskey was discriminated against on the basis of his race or the race of the victim” (McKlesky v. Kemp, 1986). Assume that you are the lawyer representing an African American offender who has been sentenced to death. What types of evidence would you need to convince the appellate courts that decision makers in your client’s case had “acted with discriminatory purpose”? Is it realistic to assume that any offender can meet this burden of proof?

Your paper should meet the following requirements:

  • 4 pages in length, not including cover and reference pages
  • Formatted according to the apa format.