EoT: Death Penalty on Trial, Words Best Unspoken, and Border Watch

By the Reporting Texas Staff

Eyes on Texas is a weekly roundup of news about the state from around the world.

The Guardian reports former Texas Governor Mark White has made a direct appeal to Rick Perry asking him to delay the execution of Hank Skinner, which is scheduled for Wednesday. Skinner has been on death row since his trial in 1993 and some believe DNA testing (awarded only through a reprieve by Perry or the Court of Criminal Appeals) could clear his name. White has asked Perry to use his power to apply a 30-day stay of execution so that DNA testing can be conducted. The Telegraph weighs in on the case, too. In the Huffington Post Chicago, David Protess, president of the Chicago Innocence Project, outlines the evidence he claims wasn’t tested by Texas courts.

The Christian Science Monitor asks if Texas prosecutors violated the constitution by using race to influence the death penalty sentence of Duane Edward Buck, whose case was declined by the Supreme Court. Buck is scheduled to be executed on Thursday.

The Huffington Post spotlights Texas Senator Larry Taylor, who last week urged an insurance association to do right by policy holders and not “Jew them down.” Taylor, who the Austin American-Statesman reports is favored to win the Texas state senate race next year, immediately apologized, offering: “That’s probably a bad term.”

In a USA Today interview, Bill Clinton supports Rick Perry’s endorsement of a Texas law that grants in-state college tuition to illegal immigrants brought to the state as children. Republican candidates have criticized Perry’s stance on immigration in televised debates this fall. Clinton goes on to warn Democrats of dismissing the Republican camp: “It’s always a mistake to underestimate your opponent.”

The Chicago Sun Times reports that Texas presidential hopeful Ron Paul has won another straw poll, this time in Illinois. Though Illinois is the home state of Barack Obama and a customary bastion of the Democratic Party, The Christian Science Monitor points out that Paul’s win could signify his widespread support despite relatively lean media coverage.

Canoe.ca in Canada takes a look at the other American border: first, a couple that keeps loaded guns close as they struggle for safety in their Texas border town; then an El Paso preacher who uses a loudspeaker to yell sermons across the Mexican border because actually going there is too dangerous now.

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