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What Do We Gain by Taking These Childlike Lives?

What Do We Gain by Taking These Childlike Lives? NEW YORK TIMES

December 1, 2000

What Do We Gain by Taking These Childlike Lives?

By DINA R. HELLERSTEIN
OP-ED

LOS ANGELES -- Just hours before the time when he was to be executed last month, Johnny Paul Penry, a mentally retarded and brain- damaged man, was granted a stay of execution by the United States Supreme Court. When guards told him about the stay, Mr. Penry's immediate concern was whether he could still have his last meal of a cheeseburger and French fries.

The Death Factory

The Death Factory NEW YORK TIMES

October 2, 2000

The Death Factory

By BOB HERBERT

By the end of the year Texas will likely have set a record for executing people. The number of inmates marched into the death chamber in Texas this year is expected to reach 40 by New Year's Eve. That would be the highest number of prisoners put to death by one state since officials began compiling death penalty statistics from across the country some 70 years ago.

The current record is also held by Texas, which executed 37 people in

Death Row Lawyers Guilty of Misconduct

Death row lawyers guilty of misconduct The Times (London)

September 11, 2000
Monday

Death row lawyers guilty of misconduct

By BEN MACINTYRE in Washington

A quarter of the convicts on death row in Texas were represented by lawyers with records of professional misconduct, according to a report raising fresh doubts about the quality of justice in the state governed by George W. Bush, the Republican presidential candidate

The Dallas Morning News reported yesterday that a large proportion of the court-appointed lawyers representing the 461 death row inmates had

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.'"

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Harris County, Texas, Polls

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Source: Houston Chronicle, December 31, 2002

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