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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

In Texas, Critics Question Bush's 'Life' Culture

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Yahoo News - Reuters: In Texas, Critics Question Bush's 'Life' Culture

Excerpt - HOUSTON (Reuters) - President Bush's intervention for Terry Schiavo has opened old wounds in Texas where death penalty opponents say his words of support for a "culture of life" ring hollow after so many executions during his time as governor of the state.

Bush said he stepped into the Schiavo case because the United States should have "a presumption in favor of life," but there were 152 executions in Texas during his administration, including some in which the convict's guilt was in doubt, critics said.

"It's hypocrisy at a thousand levels," said University of Houston law professor and death penalty defense attorney David Dow.

"I saw many, many cases where there was substantial doubt about whether someone was guilty or whether the death penalty was the appropriate sentence, but he never said anything," said David Atwood, head of the Texas Coalition Against the Death Penalty. "I really can't say he cares about life."

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Blogger H.M. Stephen said...

The only time life becomes important apparently is when it conforms to a political goal or agenda?

The only rule is that there are no rules or the rules only work when they are convient for some and not for others.

Somehow We don't believe that this is what the founders of America had in mind at the time since America made The Rule of Law King way back then.

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