As awful as the death penalty system is, at least the people subject to it have lawyers. If you’re just sentenced to life in prison without parole for something you quite possibly didn’t do, you’re probably s.o.l., especially if you have an I.Q. of 51.
Note that the state is still fighting in court to keep this man locked up, thirty years after his conviction was overturned. The jury foreman told the defendant’s lawyer “We’re all farmers and ranchers down here, and when one of our animals goes crazy, we shoot it.” No bonus points for guessing the defendant’s race.
If I lived in Texas, and I believed in the Justice of God, I’d consider moving out, and shaking the dust from my sandals.