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Sunday, July 9, 2006

Death Penalty Opponents Urge TX to Investigate Innocence Claims

From Opponents of the death penalty in Texas, joined by the sister of a Corpus Christi man who may have been executed for a murder he did not commit, called on Texas officials Thursday to establish a commission to investigate claims that innocent prisoners have been put to death in the nation's most aggressive death penalty state.

"Most people do not like the concept of executing innocent people. You have to ask yourself, what is it with the state of Texas that causes all these executions?" said David Atwood, founder of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

Atwood said his group had evidence that at least 10 other prisoners executed by the state of Texas may have been innocent. The state has carried out 368 executions since 1976, far more than any other state. Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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