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Texas Criminal Law as the Top Executor

The south has a reputation for being polite and welcoming people. The law enforcement of Texas however, is not so friendly with some of the strictest crime punishments in the country. Most states can agree on one thing; murder is a crime that must be severely punished. Despite this, it is evident that Texas is particularly intolerant with the act. In fact in 1982, Texas became the first U.S. state to legally execute someone for murder and is number one in amount of total executions carried out.

In Texas, the only crime punishable by death is murder. According to a study done by Texas Executions, murder is especially punishable if done to a peace officer/firefighter or to an individual under ten years of age. Capital murder like all other state felonies, are tried in district courts and the jury must unanimously agree to certain propositions for legal injection to ensue. Otherwise, the convicted is sentenced to life in prison without parole.

According to Texas law, aggravated sexual assault is also punishable by death as it falls under the murder category. According to certain sex crime charges, aggravated sexual assault is a first degree felony and is punishable by 99 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Aggravated sexual assault is defined as an attack where the perpetrator uses weapons or drugs on the victim, causes any type of harm to the victim, and/or attempts to end the victim’s life during the act.

While the death penalty is used by a majority of U.S. states, Texas has a reputation for being in the top. Murder is a serious violation of the law nationwide, but Texas shows a particular disagreement with it by topping the charts in amount of executions (the majority coming out of Harris county). It is clear through a small look into Texas criminal laws that even southern charm has its limits.

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