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Texas Governor May Commute Death Sentence:  Associated Press writer Michael Graczyk reports on the fate of a man facing execution tonight for his role in a fatal robbery.  The decision is now in the hands of Texas Gov. Rick Perry after the state parole board recommended that the death sentence be commuted to life in prison.  The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles made the rare recommendation Wednesday for Robert Lee Thompson, who was not the triggerman in the robbery.  The shooter was convicted and received life in prison.  Gov. Perry is not required to follow the recommendation of the board, whose members he appointed. Update: As federalist notes in the comments, Gov. Perry has denied clemency. His statement is here.

Ex-Guantanamo Inmate Unable to Keep Military Lawyers:  New York Times writer Benjamin Weiser reports on a federal judge's denial of a former Guantanamo detainee's request to keep two military lawyers, who had been representing him, now that his case has been transferred to federal court.  The detainee, Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, faces charges of conspiring in Al Qaeda's 1998 bombing of two American embassies.  This issue is seen as important because it could have implications for other Guantanamo detainees.  He is "not entitled to choose particular government-paid counsel, military or civilian, and he does not have a right to the continued services of previously appointed counsel," stated Judge Kaplan.

UPDATE None Want Gitmo Detainees:
  Associated Press writer Ben Fox reports on the Obama administration's difficulties with persuading other nations to take detainees, such as Walid Abu Hijazi.  The 29 year-old Palestinian is nearing his eighth year at Guantanamo even though the U.S. approved his release in February 2008.  No one else has been willing to allow him, or dozens of others, into their territory.  This dilemma is one of the chief obstacles to closing the jail.  Matthew Waxman, a professor at Columbia Law School states, "It's very difficult to persuade third countries to accept the political or security risks involved, especially when the United States has been unwilling to accept that risk itself."  Waxman further commented that Guantanamo will not be able to be closed effectively until there is more support from both Congress and U.S. allies abroad.

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Rick Perry, unlike his lousy decision to commute Kenneth Foster's death sentence, has decided to allow the execution of hate murderer, Robert Thompson to go forward.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5huWyCevi1Yla6fazjoEDBhKER5DgD9C2TGI00

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