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Flawed Trials Lead to Death Chamber

Flawed Trials Lead to Death Chamber CHICAGO TRIBUNE

June 11, 2000

Flawed Trials Lead to Death Chamber
Bush Confident in System Rife with Problem

By STEVE MILLS, KEN ARMSTRONG and DOUGLAS HOLT
Tribune Staff Writers

First of two parts.

AUSTIN, Texas — Under Gov. George W. Bush, Texas has executed dozens of Death Row inmates whose cases were compromised by unreliable evidence, disbarred or suspended defense attorneys, meager defense efforts during sentencing and dubious psychiatric testimony, a Chicago Tribune investigation has found.

Empathy for a Killer

Empathy for a Killer NEW YORK TIMES

July 5, 2001

Empathy for a Killer

By BOB HERBERT
Op-ed

What if a madman had invaded Andrea Yates's home in suburban Houston and drowned her 5 children?

It would have been the biggest story in America, with the coverage ranging from the sensational to the hysterical. Every angle would be pursued. Except one. There would be no serious attempt to understand the mental state of the killer -- to determine, for example, if there were mitigating factors at work. Few would care if he suffered from depression or some

Lawyers Call for Changes in Death Penalty in Texas

Lawyers Call for Changes in Death Penalty in Texas NEW YORK TIMES

October 16, 2000

Lawyers Call for Changes in Death Penalty in Texas
A Study Cites Misconduct and Racial Bias

By JIM YARDLEY

In a broad critique of capital punishment in Texas, a new report concludes that the state's death penalty system is in dire need of change because of problems like prosecutorial misconduct, racial bias, phony experts and inadequate lawyers for poor defendants.

The report was written by the Texas Defender Service, a nonprofit group

Mentally Retarded Man Facing Texas Execution Draws Wide Attention

Mentally Retarded Man Facing Texas Execution Draws Wide Attention NEW YORK TIMES

November 12, 2000

Mentally Retarded Man Facing Texas Execution Draws Wide Attention

By RAYMOND BONNER and SARA RIMER

LIVINGSTON, Tex. -- Even on death row, Johnny Paul Penry is an outcast, shunned by other inmates because of his mental retardation. Mr. Penry, whose I.Q. has been tested by state authorities at 56, spends his days coloring with crayons and looking at comic books he cannot read, his lawyers say. He says he still believes in Santa Claus. Now, after 20 years on death

Executing the Mentally Retarded Even as Laws Begin to Shift

Executing the Mentally Retarded Even as Laws Begin to Shift NEW YORK TIMES

August 7, 2000

Executing the Mentally Retarded Even as Laws Begin to Shift

By RAYMOND BONNER and SARA RIMER

LIVINGSTON, Tex., Aug. 2 -- Oliver Cruz can barely read and write. He has an I.Q. of either 64 or 76, depending on the test. He flunked the seventh grade three times. He was rejected by the Army after failing the entry exam three times, and unable to decipher a job application, he did the menial work that came his way, cutting grass, cleaning houses and taking

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

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