Here is an excerpt from the DMN editorial today:
Calling a moratorium on executions.
This has been our call for some time. Considering the sobering questions that have been raised across the state, it is appropriate for lawmakers to give themselves time to take a fresh look at capital punishment.
We're not naive about the Legislature's willingness to take on the subject, since it would be politically costly to look "soft on crime." We're looking for political courage, though. We're looking for leadership that's unafraid to call for debate and thoughtful review on life-and-death issues.DEATH NO MORE
• Texas has executed 402 people since capital punishment was reinstated nationally 21 years ago. That is four times the number of the second-most-active state, Virginia.
• Texas' per capita execution rate is second only to Oklahoma's.
• 374 people are now waiting on death row in Texas, including 364 men in Livingston and 10 women in Gatesville
• 22 men have been executed this year; five more are scheduled to die in September.