Friday, October 01, 2004

Calling for Moratorium on Executions in Harris County, Texas

TalkLeft reports here that

Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt and State Sen. Rodney Ellis are calling for a moratorium on executions in Harris County, Texas due to the uncertainty of lab evidence used to obtain convictions...and the number of exonerations. Any final decision is up to the courts.

Harris County is probably the nation's death penalty capital. A comment added to the post indicates that "When they can finally get around to it, after reviewing all of the cases of (living) death row inmates, or if the funding expands, the Innocence Project should probably start here to find the first wrongly executed man."