For some background information, here is a recent report from Amnesty International.
USA: Too much cruelty, too little clemency: Texas nears 200th execution under current governor
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Index Number: AMR 51/057/2009
Date Published: 30 April 2009
Richard Perry was sworn in as Governor of Texas on 21 December 2000, following the election of the previous governor, George W. Bush, to the office of US President. This report looks back at a few of the cases of prisoners executed in Texas during Governor Perry’s term in office, and forward to a few cases that may yet come across his desk. This is not to suggest that the governor alone is responsible for the fate of those on death row.