As an extension of a statewide project that the Hood County News initiated last fall in conjunction with the Texas Center for Community Journalism (TCCJ), the newspaper is embarking on a death row study that sources within the justice system say has never before been done.
The HCN is researching the individual attorneys involved in each death penalty case since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976. The newspaper will note the prosecutors as well as the defense lawyers, and will also document the amount of time that elapsed between indictment and sentencing.
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