Perry Presides Over 235th Execution, Most Of Any Modern Governor

Likely presidential hopeful Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) oversaw his 235th execution as governor yesterday — the most of any modern governor by far, and nearly half of those conducted in Texas since the death penalty went into effect in 1976. His predecessor, former President George W. Bush, used to hold the dubious distinction, having presided over 152 state killings during his five years in office. Perry has fully embraced capitol punishment as a governor, only granting clemency in 30 percent of the cases recommended by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles and allowing an execution while aware that scientific investigations had called into question the validity of the convicting evidence.

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