Law and Statistics in Conflict: Reflections on McCleskey v. Kemp

  • David C. Baldus
  • George Woodworth
  • Charles A. PulaskiJr.


Warren McCleskey is a black man who was sentenced to death in 1978 for the murder of a white police officer in Atlanta, Georgia. He challenged the constitutionality of his sentence on the grounds that Georgia administered its death-sentencing laws during the period 1973 to 1979 in a racially discriminatory manner. McCleskey’s lawyers based this claim on two quantitative studies of Georgia’s death-sentencing system that we conducted in the early 1980s. In McCleskey v. Kemp (1987), the U.S. Supreme Court rejected these claims by a 5 to 4 vote.


Death Penalty Racial Discrimination Death Sentence Employment Discrimination Armed Robbery 
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  • David C. Baldus
  • George Woodworth
  • Charles A. PulaskiJr.

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