Gov. Rick Perry defends executions in Texas

Sunday, May 4, 2014 - 11:45pm

Texas Governor Rick Perry is defending executions in Texas following a botched execution in Oklahoma last week.

The victim in the incident appeared to be in pain well after the time the lethal drugs were administered.

In an interview on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday, Perry said he is confident that the way executions are handled in Texas is appropriate.

"Our citizens have decided that if you kill our children, if you kill our police officers, for those very heinous crimes, that the appropriate punishment is the death penalty. I think we have an appropriate process in place from the standpoint of the appeals process to make sure that due process is addressed and the process of the actual execution I will suggest to you is very different from Oklahoma. We only use one drug," said Perry.

Federal execution drugs have been under review since 2011, resulting in a moratorium on the practice for federal prisoners.

In recent years, several states including Maryland, Connecticut and New Mexico have abolished the death penalty.


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