Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Once Again, Texas Leads the Way

KRLD - AP News Article: "AUSTIN (AP) Texas lawmakers are talking tough about cracking down on sexual predators who prey on children. Some propose the death penalty for repeat offenders, potentially creating hundreds more death row inmates in a state that already executes more than any other.

Other ideas include mandatory long sentences for first-time offenders or eliminating probation.

But opposition is flaring from unexpected sources: prosecutors and victim advocates.

They fear some of the proposals would make it harder to get convictions and, perhaps, put children in even more danger by giving molesters incentive to kill the only potential witness to their crimes.

And there's the question of whether the death penalty in sex offenses is even constitutional."

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