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Flurry of halted executions idles Texas death chamber

By Chuck Lindell - American-Statesman Staff

 Posted: 11:35 a.m. Friday, Sept. 9, 2016


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Six stays of execution have left the Texas death chamber idle since early April.


Bucking expectations for a court filled with former prosecutors and law-and-order Republicans, the state’s highest criminal court has halted six executions in 2016, equal to the number of lethal injections administered this year in the nation’s most prolific death penalty state.


The unexpected trend began when the Court of Criminal Appeals issued its first stay of execution in late May, another in June and then a flurry of four over the past 4½ weeks.


The court’s intervention has left the Huntsville death chamber idle since April 6. Only one other hiatus, a nine-month stretch in 2007-08, has been longer in the past 20 years. Scissors-32x32.pnghttp://www.mystatesman.com/news/news/flurry-of-halted-executions-idles-texas-death-cham/nsTsK/


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