1. DEATH PENALTY

    Perry Asked to Delay Racist Execution

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during the 28th annual National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials conference, Thursday, June 23, 2011, in San Antonio.  Perry is considering a run for president. But he received a tepid reception Thursday following speeches by Democratic Hispanic leaders. They denounced some of Perry's most prized policies as openly hostile to Hispanics. Among those issues is a requirement for tougher enforcement of immigration laws.

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    Will Rick Perry intervene to help save the life of man who was sentenced to death because he’s black? The Texas governor and White House hopeful is the last line of defense for Duane Alan Buck, scheduled to die Thursday, after the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles voted Wednesday against recommending clemency. Buck, who killed two people in 1995, was sentenced to death after testimony from a psychologist who said Buck posed a future threat to society because he’s black; all six other minority defendants in Texas who were sentenced based on this psychologist’s testimony have had their sentences commuted. As governor, Rick Perry could issue a one-time 30-day reprieve; Harris County District Attorney Pat Lykos, meanwhile, could withdraw the execution date.

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