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Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals halts Houston hearing on constitutionality of death penalty

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals decided tonight to halt a Houston hearing about the death penalty.

A second day of testimony in the hearing was held today. Lawyers for accused killer John Green argue that Texas executes innocent people and does not follow the constitution. Lawyers for the District Attorney's Office say arguments against the use of the death penalty in other cases should not apply to green's case.

The appeals court wants both sides to submit legal briefs with their stated positions within the next 15 days.

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