Tuesday, June 2, 2009

A Record To Be Proud Of

An opportunity for those who are so strongly concerned with protecting life to speak out.

At roughly 6 p.m. tonight, Texas Gov. Rick Perry will make history when he presides over the 200th execution of his tenure. It's a chilling achievement, one that dwarfs that of his predecessor, George W. Bush, who famously signed off on 152.

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In Harris County, which sends more prisoners to the death chamber than any other jurisdiction in the country, a major scandal over its dilapidated and mismanaged forensics crime lab has provided an alarming backdrop to innocence claims by Texas prisoners, on death row or not.

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What is it about Texas that it breeds such figures as Judge Sharon Keller, who, on the day the Supreme Court decided to hear a landmark case on the constitutionality of lethal injection, refused to allow a last-minute appeal filed by attorneys trying to save the life of a client scheduled to die that night because, in her words, "We close at 5"?


At least we can proudly say we're more civilized than other countries. A little more.

1 comment:

The Chihweenie said...

I grew up in Texas, and consider myself a proud Texan to this day. However, I cannot understand the logic behind all the executions. I also think it is telling that the last two governors of Texas, with 352 executions between them, are both pro-life.