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    Federal Court Won't Reconsider Inmate's Racial Appeal Claim
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    The full 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to reconsider a ruling from a three-judge panel of the court that rejected an appeal from a Texas death row inmate whose supporters contend was sentenced unfairly because of his race.

    Attorneys for 52-year-old Duane Buck argue the legal help he received at his trial and in early stages of his appeals was deficient. The full court, in a 13-2 vote Monday, refused to rehear the three-judge panel's August rejection of his appeal.

    Buck was condemned for the 1995 slaying of his ex-girlfriend and a man at her Houston apartment.

    A psychologist testifying for the defense at his trial said black people were more likely to commit violence. Advocates for Buck, who is black, say that unfairly influenced the jury.