Overturned convictions and growth of DNA forensic evidence shake state’s rock-solid faith in capital punishment
Chris McGreal in Livingston
Sunday 15 November 2009 22.00 GMT
Even in Texas they are having their doubts. The state that executes more people than any other by far – it will account for half the prisoners sent to the death chamber in the US this year – is seeing its once rock-solid faith in capital punishment shaken by overturned convictions, judicial scandals and growing evidence that at least one innocent man has been executed.
The growth of DNA forensic evidence has seen nearly 140 death row convictions overturned across the US, prompting abolition and moratoriums in other states that Texas has so far resisted.