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Texas Executions

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CJLF Legal Director Kent Scheidegger appeared on today's broadcast of Hardball on MSNBC to defend executions in Texas under Governor Rick Perry and the death penalty generally against Jordan Steiker, Professor at the Capital Punishment Center at the Texas University School of Law, and the show's replacement host Ron Reagan, Jr.   As expected, the Todd Willingham case, which is the "innocent execution" case de jour among DP opponents, was cited by the host as one example of Governor Perry's badness and the injustice of capital punishment.  After Kent dispatched the "are you concerned about that case?" question Reagan asked Kent the classic "how many innocent people must be executed?" question.  When Kent noted that opponents have not been able to produce one provable case of an innocent person being executed, Reagan quickly cited a number claimed by Amnesty International, then cut Kent off in mid-response.     

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