A Criminal Enterprise

More Scrutiny Needed in Texas, Where Death Penalty Continues to Run Rampant

Posted in Cases, News by Bidish J. Sarma on November 6, 2009

Sorry for the radio silence the past few weeks.  Things have ramped up at work for all of the bloggers here, but we hope to reconnect with the blog more fully very soon.

In the meantime, I wanted to bring attention to this AlterNet piece.  Most importantly, it points out something about the Willingham saga worth repeating here:

Perry’s role in this continuing injustice should be cause for a national uproar at least as big as the one that attended Mark Sanford’s dalliance in Argentina or Elliot Spitzer’s patronage of prostitutes. What could be more sordid than hushing up an illegitimate state-sanctioned killing? What more obvious abuse of power exists? Yet one can easily read the country’s major papers and faithfully watch TV news and barely hear a word about what’s happening in Texas.

Why this is not an issue of national importance is a question that frustrates me every day.  But, the death machine keeps working in Texas.  Our friend at StandDown notes that:

Texas carried out its 20th execution of 2009, tonight in Huntsville.  It was the state’s 443rd execution since 1982.  Texas has far and away the most active death chamber in America, accounting for more than 37% of the nation’s post-Furman executions.  To date, there have been 43 executions in the nation this year; 1,179 since 1977.

For more on the Willingham/Perry issue, check out our prior post here.


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  1. damascusmoments said, on November 6, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    I live in the UK, where the death penalty has been outlawed for a long time and we perhaps give it less attention than we should. However, the execution of Khristian Oliver has been getting attention in the press here. I’m interested in the Christian perspective on capital punishment. I’d be interested in your views over at my blog on this topic at: http://damascusmoments.wordpress.com/2009/11/06/the-death-penalty-just-deserts-or-justice-deserted/

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