So many people have been put to death and so often — in January 2000, seven people were executed in 15 days — that people here take little notice.
Former Gov. Rick Perry ordered 279 executions during his administration (2001-2014), more than any other governor in U.S. history. Executions peaked in Texas in 2000, when 40 people were put to death. Perry a staunch defender of the state’s record, saying that “in Texas for a substantially long period of time, our citizens have decided that if you kill our children, if you kill our police officers, for those very heinous crimes, that the appropriate punishment is the death penalty.” He said on NBC’s Meet the Press, “I’m confident that the way that the executions are taken care of in the state of Texas are appropriate.”
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