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Update: Texas Life Without Parole Option Still Not a Reality in Capital Cases

By Tom Lincoln

We thought that Texas was finally coming around to passing legislation that would have allowed juries the choice in capital cases of death and life without parole (a third option, life with parole, had been eliminated in a compromise bill). While the Texas Senate passed the compromise bill, it now appears to be stuck in the Texas House, despite the reportedly majority support for the bill.  Injustice Anywhere blames it on the lobbying by Harris County DA Chuck Rosenthal, who is against the life without parole option, apparently fearing that juries will opt for that more frequently than they do under the current death or life with parole system. The "concerns" voiced by DA Rosenthal are that it would be more difficult to control prisoners serving a life without parole sentence, due to the fact that they had no hope of ever getting out of prison...continue to full post

Full post as published by Puerto Rico Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers on May 23, 2005 (boomark / email).

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