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State of Execution: The Death Penalty in Texas

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George W. Bush has been under increasing scrutiny as the governor who has presided over more executions than any governor in U.S. history-more than 130. A team of Chicago Tribune reporters just completed the first study of all of the cases of the men and women Bush has executed. The reporters have found that many of the cases were compromised, shaped by witnesses, experts and lawyers of questionable merit.

They include a forensic scientist who was temporarily released from a psychiatric ward to provide incriminating testimony in a capital case; a pathologist who has admitted faking autopsies; a psychiatrist, nicknamed "Dr. Death," who was expelled from the American Psychiatric Association; a judge on the state’s highest criminal court who has been reprimanded for lying about his background; and a defense attorney infamous for sleeping during trials. Guest:

  • Ken Armstrong, Legal affairs writer for the Chicago Tribune. He was co-author of the Tribune’s two-part series on the death penalty in Texas under Bush. He was also a writer for the Tribune series, "Failure of the Death Penalty in Illinois." For more info: www.chicagotribune.com

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  • Gary Graham Press Conference, Jennifer Thompson, misidentified her rapist, sending an innocent man to prison for 11 years. She spoke in support of Gary Graham at a recent press conference in Texas.

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