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Wednesday, November 3, 2004

Texas Executes Disenfranchised Inmate on Election Night

Shortly before the local polls closed, and with the rest of the nation focused on election returns, Texas took the time to execute its 332nd inmate since it reinstituted the death penalty in 1982. Lorenzo Morris, 52, who was unable to vote under Texas Law, was executed by lethal injection at around 6 p.m. local time. Morris had been convicted in 1990 of slashing the throat of a 70-year old man in a robbery gone bad. For more, click here.

Mark Godsey

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Mr. Fields -- the true victim in this case -- was also unable to vote in this election (and in 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, etc.)

I feel sad for Mr. Morris and his family in their loss -- sad that he made the choice to disenfranchise himself in 1990. I wished he could've voted this year -- because it means Mr. Fields might also have had a chance to vote.

Posted by: Troy HInrichs | Nov 4, 2004 1:34:43 PM

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