An intensive two-year study of the death penalty in Texas, sponsored by the American Bar Association, found a system that is riddled with flaws and shortcomings, undermining confidence that innocent defendants will be spared lethal injection in the nation’s leading state for executions.
The almost 500-page report, distributed to state political leaders Wednesday, did not call for a moratorium on executions. Instead, it offered a long list of recommendations intended to improve fairness and accuracy in capital murder cases.
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