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Texas Trying To Expedite the Execution Process

Texas would be the first state to receive opt-in approval in more than two decades

Texas’ execution chamber in Huntsville.

Texas is again attempting to expedite the execution process by seeking U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ approval to opt-in to a federal law shortening legal deadlines and limiting appeals options for death-sentenced inmates.

The State’s Attorney General’s Office said the request to the Justice Department will avoid “stressful delays” and cut “excessive costs” of lengthy federal court proceedings.

Defense attorneys have said the opt-in would lead to executing innocent people and could end ongoing appeals for many death row prisoners if applied retroactively.

The request has sparked a federal lawsuit and hundreds of comments from the ACLU, the American Bar Association among others.

Texas would be the first state to receive opt-in approval in more than two decades if Sessions green lights the application.

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