Texas Governor Commutes Death Sentence: Did the EU Pressure Make a Difference?
As Roger noted, the EU presidency recently sent a public letter to the governor of Texas asking him to declare a moratorium on executions in his state. Texas governor Rick Perry sent a rather tart reply, which can be boiled down to: “Buzz off!”. On the other hand, he did commute the death sentence of one convict yesterday, who had been a getaway driver in an armed robbery that resulted in a murder. Triumph for the EU? I’m not so sure, since Texas did execute another convict this week. But I suppose he can expect more letters from the EU in the future.