EoT: The British on Texas Prisons, and El Paso Invents Thanksgiving?

By the Reporting Texas staff

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

The British media are, if nothing else, occupied with the Texas criminal justice system (and usually the death penalty). A Guardian column notes that Texas has shut a high-security prison for the first time in history. Can the state “with more executions and fewer bleeding hearts than elsewhere in America” teach the Brits a thing or two about cutting crime, costs and the numbers in jail? A letter to the editor in the Toronto Star this weekend says that the Harper government in Canada should take note.

The Sunday Morning Express reports on a documentary about a British woman on death row here. Linda Carty was sentenced to death for the abduction and murder of 25-year-old Joana Rodriguez, allegedly in order to steal Rodriguez’ 4-day-old son. If she’s killed, Carty will be the first British woman to be executed since Ruth Ellis, who was hanged in London in 1955.

Gawker takes a straight Houston-area story and runs with it. The New York blog takes a jab at Fort Bend District Attorney John Healey, claiming that a “murder suspect goes free after DA forgets to indict him.” How did it happen? Gawker offers the following scenario: “Make pozole for office party? Check. Pay mortgage? Check. Buy dog food? Check. Indict that dude Richard for murder? … Aw …”

The History News Network looks at the legend that the first Thanksgiving was near El Paso! From CNN (via Amarillo’s KVII) and the Huff Post:  Instead of Turkey, Texas, how about Tofurky, Texas? PETA can only ask. (Also a lesson in how a state video can make a national splash.)

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