Texas Law

Hey, Texas doesn’t scrimp on the capital punishments. The state is bucking the downward trend of executions at 60% of the total in the country.

The rate at which Texas sentences people to death is not especially high given its murder rate. But once a death sentence is imposed there, said Richard C. Dieter, the executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, prosecutors, state and federal courts, the pardon board and the governor are united in moving the process along. “There’s almost an aggressiveness about carrying out executions,” said Mr. Dieter, whose organization opposes capital punishment.

How about adding an extra verse to that great old song, Deep in the Heart of Texas? Here’s the first verse that we often enjoy singing around the campfire.

The stars at night are big and bright
(clap, clap, clap, clap),
Deep in the heart of Texas.

How about inserting this as a second verse?

Death rows by day are here to stay
(clap, clap, clap, clap),
Deep in the heart of Texas.

Hey, we’re tough here in Texas! No weak-kneed lily-livered libruls here!

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