A day of reckoning for Duane Buck

A day of reckoning for Duane Buck

Friday is a day of reckoning for Duane Buck.

That's the day the Supreme Court will determine whether to hear his appeal for a new sentencing hearing. Mr. Buck is on Death Row in Texas.

It is important to emphasize that he is not seeking a new trial. There's no question of Mr. Buck's guilt in the 1995 shooting deaths of his ex-girlfriend, Debra Gardner, her friend, Kenneth Butler, and Mr. Buck's stepsister, Phyllis Taylor. No, all he's asking is to be re-sentenced for the crime.

There is, you see, a law in Texas that says you can't be sentenced to death unless a jury finds that you represent a future danger, i.e., that you are likely to hurt someone else if left alive. In...