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January 1, 2006

A lesson in the death penalty, Texas style

Though football fans may be hoping USC will get a rosy lesson in Texas football this week, sentencing fans will be interested to see this Boston Globe magazine cover story in which reporters "went to Texas to see what we could learn from a land that embraces capital punishment."  The article, which has this companion chronicle of the death penalty, has this assessment of Texas capital justice:

The record of Texas's capital punishment system, likened to a lottery by Texas Monthly magazine after a 2002 investigation, suggests how difficult it is to impose a death sentence justly.  The Texas system’s shortcomings — among them court-appointed defense lawyers napping during a trial and inept crime labs — have been widely publicized.  It is indigent defendants who end up with narcoleptic legal representation — and who end up on death row.

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Somehow a rousing "Hook 'em" doesn't seem appropriate. :-/

What's your prediction for the big game, Doc? And is OSU going to take Notre Dame?

Posted by: Scott | Jan 1, 2006 5:12:46 PM

I'm taking both the Buckeyes and Longhorns by a field goal, but I think that's my heart talking in both cases (although my head also says OSU).

Posted by: Doug B. | Jan 1, 2006 7:48:28 PM

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