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June 17, 2011

Texas able to complete one execution, after SCOTUS stayed another

As detailed in this Reuters article, headlined "Texas executes man for prison stabbing," the state of Texas batted .500 this week in trying to carry out scheduled executions.  Here are the basics, along with some broaded execution data:

A man convicted of fatally stabbing a fellow inmate in a state prison in 1999 was executed in Texas on Thursday evening by lethal injection.

Lee Taylor was to be the second man put to death in Texas this week.  But on Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court stayed the execution of John Balentine, who fatally shot three teenagers in Amarillo in 1998.  Balentine had raised an issue about whether he has a right to be represented by a lawyer in a post-conviction state hearing challenging the effectiveness of his lawyers at trial.

Taylor, 32, used an ice-pick-like weapon made in prison to stab fellow inmate Donta Greene multiple times in what the Texas Department of Criminal Justice describes as a fight stemming from racial tension.  Taylor, who is white, was a member of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, according to the department. Greene was black....

Taylor was the fifth inmate executed in Texas this year.  Alabama on Thursday executed a man for brutally murdering a 70-year-old woman in 1995.  Those two executions brought to 22 the number of people put to death in the United States so far this year.

Texas has executed more than four times as many people as any other state since the death penalty was reinstated in the United States in 1976, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.  The next execution in Texas is scheduled for Tuesday.

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A Black man who murdered three White teenagers is spared by SCOTUS, while a White man who murdered a Black criminal is put to death-typical racist death penalty! Oh, wait...

Posted by: MikeinCT | Jun 17, 2011 2:06:15 PM

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