Sunday, November 15, 2009

Texas accounts for half of executions in US – but now has doubts over death row | World news | The Guardian

Keller - known has Sharon Killer to her critics because of her enthusiasm for the death penalty - is at the centre of a controversy that has further undermined confidence in the death penalty, after she refused to keep a court office open after 5pm to allow a last-minute appeal for a stay of execution while the supreme court decided on another case that affected all executions in Texas. The convict, Michael Richard, was executed hours later.

Keller is awaiting a verdict from the State Commission on Judicial Conduct on charges of dereliction of duty.

Earlier this year, Keller turned down an appeal from a man on the brink of execution, despite revelations that the judge and prosecutor at his trial had been having an affair.


Texas accounts for half of executions in US – but now has doubts over death row | World news | The Guardian
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