By Shannon Knutsen and Charles C. Johnson
Obama’s nominee for the Department of Justice–Loretta Lynch–strongly opposed the death penalty because it led to more dead blacks.
She also sarcastically suggested that more whites would be executed if we had the death penalty for nonviolent fraud.
During his first tenure as U.S. Attorney from 1999 to 2001, Lynch deliberately chose not to seek the death penalty because she worried it would lead to more blacks being executed, according to a 2002 roundtable discussion obtained by Gotnews.com and displayed in full below.
From that discussion:
“Loretta Lynch argued that the relative ease with which the death penalty was invoked when defendants were likely to be African-American or Hispanic suggested a systemic disregard for minority citizens. “Apply the death penalty to securities fraud prosecutions and wipe out [the racial disparity] just like that,” she suggested, knowing that no legislature would even imagine such a strategy. But when the defendants are primarily poor and minority, she said, “you don’t have anybody there on the floor of Congress saying, ‘Wait a minute.’”
By her own admission, Lynch had to “repeatedly…explain [her decision] not to seek the penalty.”
Even if it were possible to fix the death penalty, Lynch argued that capital punishment would be unacceptable because it led to more blacks and Hispanics being killed.
Lynch’s anti-death views are more problematic as she has now been nominated to replace Eric Holder by Barack Obama.
Left out of Lynch’s analysis is the possibility that blacks simply commit more murders worthy of execution.
If Lynch were confirmed as the head of the Justice Department, she’d have to deal with statistics from her own department that show blacks kill non-blacks at a wildly disproportionate rate.
And the death penalty’s real racial disparity is on the victim side, not the perpetrator’s.
In fact, those who kill blacks are far less likely to get the death penalty than those who kill whites.