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NoPasaran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-05 05:41 AM
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Texas Senate rejects life without parole bill
AUSTIN The Senate today rejected a bill that would have given juries the power to sentence capital murderers to life in prison without parole.

Texas juries have only two options after reaching a guilty verdict in capital murder cases: execution by lethal injection or life in prison with the possibility of parole after 40 years.

The bill by Sen. Eddie Lucio, D-Brownsville, had the support of the majority of the senators but failed to garner the two-thirds support required by Senate rules to bring it up for debate. By a 19-12 decision, the bill failed by two votes. All 12 "no" votes were cast by Republicans.

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Sen. Todd Staples, R-Palestine said he voted against the bill because the third option would confuse jurors forced to make life and death decisions.

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/metropolitan/3...

Is it just me, or is Todd Staples a fucking idiot?
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Maestro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-05 05:45 AM
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1. What?
I didn't read the article, but how could this option be voted down? Are they afraid this would overcrowd the already crowded jails? Do the still want the option to execute? :shrug:
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NoPasaran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-05 05:52 AM
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2. Bloodthirsty Repukes just want to keep killing people
I won't be surprised when the religiofascists bring back hanging in a session or two.
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GOPisEvil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-05 07:05 AM
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3. Confuse jurors?
We already trust them with life and death, you idiot! What's wrong with giving them a 3rd option? Cripes! Also, aren't judges supposed to give instructions to the jury so they don't get confused?

Hey potential jurors of Staples' Senate district, he just called you stupid.
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