What others are saying

November 21, 2006

Justice is not always easy to come by in Texas, particularly for death-row inmates who have to depend on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals for a review of their cases.

This state's highest appeals court for criminal cases consistently ignores justice, even when the evidence of injustice is clear. True to its recent history, the court last week rejected two appeals from condemned inmates whose trials were travesties of justice.

The most ardent death penalty advocate understands that a capital murder proceeding must guarantee a fair trial. One of the strongest arguments against capital punishment in Texas is that the judicial system is so broken that innocent defendants can be condemned and executed.

FOR THE RECORD - In "What others are saying" on the editorial page yesterday, an excerpt from a column about Nancy Pelosi should have been credited to Maureen Dowd. The Sun regrets the error.

Last week's rulings by the Court of Criminal Appeals provided more evidence for those who hold that view. In separate rulings, the court upheld the convictions of Jose Ernesto Medellin and Daniel Acker, two convicted murderers who had clearly inadequate defense attorneys at their trials.- Austin American-Statesman

Blame Congress and its failure to deal meaningfully with immigration reform for stimulating bogus local schemes such as the Cherokee County Commission's idea of holding landlords responsible for checking the citizenship of their renters.

The proposed ordinance, which the commission will take up Tuesday, is part of a movement in a handful of communities around the country aimed at creating a hostile atmosphere for illegal immigrants so they'll move somewhere else.

Funny, you don't see the commission demanding similar accountability from the hundreds of construction companies and landscaping firms doing business in the county and helping increase its tax base. Yet those firms rely heavily on the labor of illegal immigrants to keep their costs low.

- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Ted Olson, the former solicitor general and eloquent Republican lawyer who argued the Bush v. Gore case before the Supreme Court, was warming up the rabidly conservative Federalist Society crowd for John McCain with a few sexist cracks about Botox.

The new Congress could amuse itself, he said, by "searching for any sign of movement in Speaker Pelosi's forehead." The Senate, he added, would be entertained by "the expressionless, Pelosi-like forehead of Senator Clinton."

It reminded you of just how idiotic Republicans can act sometimes.

The only thing worse than hearing the first female speaker of the House filleted in such a lame way was seeing the first female speaker of the House flail around in her first big week in such a lame way.

It reminded you of just how idiotic Democrats can act sometimes.

- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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