Top TX Criminal Court Has Delayed Six Straight Executions

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Last week, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals stopped an execution on a 5-4 vote. It was the sixth consecutive time since May that the judges halted an execution, reports the Houston Chronicle. Texas lawyers active in capital appeals this week hailed the vote as evidence that the top criminal court has grown more sensitive to possible death penalty flaws. If true, they argue, the court would be in step with a national pulling away . . .

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