Texas’ Busy Death Row Apparatus Takes a Breather

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The nation’s busiest capital punishment state is taking a break.

So far this year, Texas has put 21 convicted killers to death by injection, the last in September. No one is on the state’s execution calendar again until December – when four are planned in about a week’s time.

That’s the longest lull in seven years – Texas went without an execution from September 1996 to February 1997. The reasons for the hiatus are unclear.

Some death-penalty experts say it’s a coincidence. Others say legal fights to stop the executions of mentally retarded inmates may have slowed the pace.

Link: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dallas/tsw/stories/102003dntexexecute.a68ff.html

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