Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Gov. Perry will leave behind a legacy of death

Texas Governor Rick Perry has announced that he will not run for another term as governor. Perry will probably be best remembered for his fervent support of the death penalty.

Texas has held 261executions under Perry's watch, far and away the most executions carried out by any governor in modern history. In fact, Rick Perry has signed off on more executions in his nearly 13 years as governor than any other state has executed total since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976. And Texas, which recently reached a milestone of 500 executions, has killed more people than the next six states combined.

Texas has been a killing machine since Perry took office. While Perry can only grant clemency from death sentences if it is recommended by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, he has rarely used that power. According to the Texas Tribune, Perry has commuted only 31 death sentences, and 28 of those resulted from a 2005 Supreme Court case outlawing the execution of juveniles.

To read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/brad-wilmouth/2013/06/28/msnbcs-hayes-frets-over-500th-execution-texas-sees-draconian-abortion#ixzz2YY3m62Bk

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