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Attorney General Abbott’s response to Houston judge’s decision declaring the death penalty unconstitutional

“In an act of unabashed judicial activism, a state district judge ignored longstanding U.S. Supreme Court precedent and improperly granted John Edward Green’s request that the court declare the death penalty unconstitutional. The Attorney General’s Office has already offered to provide help and legal resources to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office–which is handling the Green prosecution–and will take appropriate measures to defend Texas’ capital punishment law. We regret that the court’s legally baseless order unnecessarily delays justice and closure for the victim’s family–including her two children, who witnessed their mother’s brutal murder.”

Attorney General Abbott’s response to a Houston judge’s decision on Thursday to grant a motion declaring the death penalty unconstitutional
“In an act of unabashed judicial activism, a state district judge ignored longstanding U.S. Supreme Court precedent and improperly granted John Edward Green’s request that the court declare the death penalty unconstitutional. The Attorney General’s Office has already offered to provide help and legal resources to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office–which is handling the Green prosecution–and will take appropriate measures to defend Texas’ capital punishment law. We regret that the court’s legally baseless order unnecessarily delays justice and closure for the victim’s family–including her two children, who witnessed their mother’s brutal murder.”

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