Gov. Rick Perry, a top-tier GOP presidential candidate, has public opinion on his side on the death penalty. With another execution set for Thursday night in Texas, the danger may be if moderate voters perceive him to be cavalier about taking human life.
In Texas, a case could cast the death penalty into question if it proves the deceased defendant was wrongfully executed, and would be first time an official in the nation's most active death penalty state has formally declared someone was wrongfully executed.
A faulty reliance on eyewitnesses and shoddy science at police departments across the states, from the LAPD to the NYPD, can have tragic consequences.