× The Vanderbilt Television News Archive is currently closed to in-person research, but is still fulfilling loan requests. For the latest information about COVID-19 (coronavirus disease), visit vu.edu/coronavirus.
Search the Archive

Death Row Discrimination #296671

CBS Evening News for Sunday, Apr 29, 1984
View other clips in this broadcast →

Material supplied by VTNA may be used for educational analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display may be prohibited by copyright laws.

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Morton Dean

(DC) Anticipated number of executions in United States this year and probable deluge of appeals courts noted. [Defense attorney David BRUCK - claims murder sentences are based on race of victim.] Concern that death penalty is based on racial considerations examined. [Stanford law school spokesperson Samuel GROSS - believes killers of whites are more likely to receive death penalty.] Findings of several studies said concluding that imbalance in justice system is result of subtle bias rather than blatant racism noted. [GROSS - thinks juries more often iden. with white victims; explains.] Related statistics outlined on screen. [Georgia attorney general Michael BOWERS - denies modern death sentence discriminates between races.] Bowers' statistical explanation of racial breakdown outlined. [BOWERS - believes whites are more frequent victims of heinous crimes.]
REPORTER: Fred Graham

Dean, Morton;
Graham, Fred

Note to sponsor members: The Vanderbilt Television News Archive video player requires a modern operating system and browser to work properly. If you are experiencing playback problems, check the minimum requirements and adjust your setup accordingly. After adjustments, if you continue to experience problems, please contact us.

Welcome! Above is the abstract of the item that you're interested in viewing from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive's collection. You have three options if you'd like to view this item:

  • You may request a loan of this video by registering on our website and placing an order.
  • You may visit the Television News Archive on the Vanderbilt campus to view on-site from the Archive's collection.
  • If you are associated with a college or university, you may ask your library if they would like to become a sponsor, which would give students and faculty at your institution the ability to view items from our collection.

If you believe that you are associated with a sponsoring college or university and have received this message in error, please let us know.