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The Death Capital: Exposing Texas' Unjust System

The Death Capital: Exposing Texas' Unjust System NEW YORK TIMES

October 16, 2000

The Death Capital: Exposing Texas' Unjust System

By BOB HERBERT

There's a new report out today on the death penalty in Texas.

It's a chilling report, and as I began reading an advance copy I couldn't help but think of the governor of Texas, a candidate for president of the United States, gloating on national television about executions still to come.

"Guess what?" said George W. Bush, whose home state is already the champion

Why is Texas #1 in Executions?

Why is Texas #1 in executions? FRONTLINE Online

DECEMBER 5, 2000

Why is Texas #1 in executions?

By NED WALPIN*

There are many legal and cultural explanations for why Texas executes far more people than any other state and is doing so at a pace that has no parallel in the modern era of the death penalty in the U.S. What follows is a summary of the analyses.

Texas has become ground zero for capital punishment. Between 1976 (when the Supreme Court lifted its prohibition on the death penalty) and 1998

In the Busiest Death Chamber, Duty Carries Its Own Burdens

In the Busiest Death Chamber, Duty Carries Its Own Burdens NEW YORK TIMES

December 17, 2000

In the Busiest Death Chamber, Duty Carries Its Own Burdens
By SARA RIMER

HUNTSVILLE, Tex., Dec. 10 - Jim Willett, the warden of the prison here, awakened a little before 5 a.m. on Tuesday in his home, which his wife, Janice, had decorated for Christmas. He had not been looking forward to the day.

"My first thought was, 'Today's an execution,'" he recalled later that morning. "'I wonder what he'll be like.'"

U.S. Supreme Court: Miller-El v. Dretke

Harris County, Texas, Polls

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Source: Houston Chronicle, December 31, 2002

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A State of Denial: Texas Justice and the Death Penalty

A State of Denial: Texas Justice and the Death Penalty Texas Defender Service*

A STATE OF DENIAL:
TEXAS JUSTICE AND THE DEATH PENALTY

Executive Summary

The nation is embroiled in a debate over the death penalty. Each day brings fresh accounts of racial bias, incompetent counsel, and misconduct committed by police officers or prosecutors in capital cases. The public increasingly questions whether the ultimate penalty can be administered fairly - free from the taint of racism; free from the disgrace of counsel sleeping through a client's trial; free from the risk of executing an innocent person. Support for the death penalty is falling, and across the country, momentum gathers for a moratorium. Even death penalty supporters - such as Illinois Governor George Ryan - have acknowledged the need for fundamental reform.

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