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Texas and Oklahoma / Death Penalty / New Method #251951

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, May 11, 1977
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(Studio) Oklahoma Governor David Boren and Texas Governor Dolph Briscoe have signed legislature to legalize use of lethal injections as death penalty.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Huntsville, Texas) Previously, Texas law used electric chair as method of death penalty. (November 1976, film shown.) [JUDGE -reads description of electrocution.] New law's sponsor says lethal injection will eliminate more brutal aspects of penalty. [Ben Z. GRANT - notes Humane Society testimony with regard to court battle if dangerous animal put to death with electricity.] Capital punishment opponents' conflict noted. [State representative Ron WILSON - notes prosecuting attorney's probable arguments now.] Texas prison officials approve change; man sentenced in November says men on death row scoff at idea this is more humane. [Doyle Glenn BOULWARE - asks what difference method makes.]
REPORTER: Eric Engberg

Cronkite, Walter;
Engberg, Eric

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