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    Texas ain't kidding around

    Texas to execute ten men in one month
    WASHINGTON (AFP) The state of Texas has scheduled ten executions in 30 days, a record in the southern state that is already the US leader in capital punishment, having put more than 400 people to death in 30 years.

    Tuesday, Joseph Ray Ries, 29, became the first of the ten. He was administered a lethal injection as final punishment for the 1999 murder of a 64-year-old man.

    Four of the nine remaining are black, three are white and two are Hispanic. Ries was white.

    "Even for Texas, this amount of execution in so short time is unusual," said Rick Halperin, president of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

    It is not unusual for 16 executions to be on the calendar in Texas, as they currently are, through March 11. What is unusual is that ten of those will happen between October 20 and November 20.

    Bobby Woods is scheduled to die Thursday, Eric Nenno on October 28, Gregory Wright the 30th, Elkie Taylor on November 6, George Whitaker on November 12, Denard Manns on November 13, Eric Cathey on November 18, Rogelio Cannady on November 19, Robert Hudson on November 20.

    Execution dates are set by the judges who presided over juries that pronounced a death sentence, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice explained.

    "The frequency with which executions are scheduled is dependent on when the judges from courts across the state set those dates," Michelle Lyons said.

    "Because they act independently of one another, there are some months when a number of executions are scheduled and other months when there are few or none scheduled," as is the case in December, she added.

    Final meal, last cigarette, last words ... the ritual marches along with regularity in the Huntsville, Texas execution chamber, the busiest in the United States.

    The ten condemned men join 416 executed in Texas since the US Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.

    Texas alone has performed a third of all executions carried out in the United States over the last three decades, including 12 so far this year.

    By comparison, Virginia -- the number two executioner in the United States -- has conducted 102 since 1976.

    For anti-death penalty activists,"it is very frustrating," Halperin said.

    "It is very difficult work, but this is where the work is needed, this is where the struggle is. This is the worst place of the free world for execution, this is not just the worst place for America," he said of Texas.

    Halperin claimed that "judges are very happy to get rid of these people as quickly as possible." He described a sort of year-end catch-up following a moratorium on executions across the United States from September 2007 to May 2008, while the Supreme Court weighed and ultimately validated the constitutionality of lethal injection.

    "The judges definitely want these executions to occur, they are very supportive of killing people here," he said. "This is a historical and sociological tradition of killing people in the name of the law."

    But the 375 inmates on Texas Death Row are above all a reflection of criminal law prior to 2001, he said.

    Before the state revised such laws in 2001, a defendant could be represented by a divorce lawyer with no experience in criminal prosecutions, and judges were not required to instruct juries of alternative punishments such as life in prison without parole, he said.

    Nine of the ten to die this month were sentenced prior to 2001.

    Over the next month, Texas prison personnel will be conducting their task of injecting a toxic cocktail into the veins of condemned men every three days on average, prison spokesman Jason Clark acknowledged.

    "It can be difficult but this is something that is required of us," he said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dukalmighty View Post
    "judges are very happy to get rid of these people as quickly as possible."
    "The judges definitely want these executions to occur, they are very supportive of killing people here,"
    Sounds good to me.

    Great find, kind of a pick-me-up with all of the bleeding hearts taking up so much news space.
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    Nine of the ten to die this month were sentenced prior to 2001.
    The only thing bothersome about this is that it is taking at least 7 years for their execution from the time of sentencing and who knows how long from the original crime.

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    IMHO should be faster and more frequent.

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    I prefer the Judge Roy Bean method, give the guility criminal a fair trial then take him out back for hanging.

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    To quote comedian Ron White "Other states are trying to abolish the death penalty, my state[Texas] is putting in an express lane."

    There are many reasons I love my state, and this is one of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dukalmighty View Post
    Texas to execute ten men in one month
    WASHINGTON (AFP)
    This is the worst place of the free world for execution, this is not just the worst place for America," he said of Texas.

    Halperin claimed that "judges are very happy to get rid of these people as quickly as possible." "The judges definitely want these executions to occur, they are very supportive of killing people here," he said.
    I contend the Texas is the best place for execution in the free world. Whatcha think?
    As far as the judges being 'very happy', Bravo Zulu for trying to save our tax money.

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    Hey guys we are not perfect

    but we have got it down to 7 years........
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    Quote Originally Posted by P7fanatic View Post
    Bravo Zulu for trying to save our tax money.
    It's cheaper to incarcerate for life.
    The preceding post may contain sarcasm; it's just better that way. However, it is still intended with construction and with the Love of my L-rd Y'shua.

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    Not if you cut out the BS appeals Note: not saying all appeals are BS. How about actually carrying out all the sentences - maybe the cost per execution will go down. How are these figures being computed? The death penalty isn't an deterrent b/c it isn't used consistently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agave View Post
    It's cheaper to incarcerate for life.
    But we are incarcerating them for life. We just tell them exactly how long that is going to be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Agave View Post
    It's cheaper to incarcerate for life.
    Really? Granted, it was a few years back, but last figures i heard were something like $50k a year to house the average inmate. Figure "life" will come to 60 or so years in prison, and your total comes to ~$3m. An execution is going to cost more than that?
    The muzzle end of a .45 pretty much says, "Go Away" in every language.

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    Good idea to do it before the election. How about Bill Ayers next?
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    Call Guinness......an achievement like that should be in the record book!

    How about 10 in one day.........?
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    Quote Originally Posted by laeckcrov View Post
    Really? Granted, it was a few years back, but last figures i heard were something like $50k a year to house the average inmate. Figure "life" will come to 60 or so years in prison, and your total comes to ~$3m. An execution is going to cost more than that?
    By the time you figure in all the court costs and lawyer fees etc. for all the apeals it probably will exceed the $3million. Almost all of the time in a case like this the attorney for the defendant is court appointed and the state will have to pay his fees in addition to the prosecutors.

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