I think it's gotten slower in Texas recently due to finding all kinds of prosecutorial misconduct in the past.
Yep. You better be dead on with the evidence before you take that ultimate step of judicial retribution. I'm a huge supporter of the Death penalty when required but even I was cringing back in the 90's when Texas was cranking out the executions and found out there was a possibility of a few innocents falling through the cracks. Never acceptable. Willingham case for example >https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=...mL2BeRLOcf1IFw
They should have an auction & charge $$$ in order for someone to be part of a firing squad to execute him. They could then sell the rights to air the execution over network TV or Pay Per View. It could be a real money maker & fun family entertainment.
For years I've thought that in death penalty cases, where the defendant has plead guilty, then when it comes to the sentencing phase and whether he gets life or death, that he sits in an electric chair to await the verdict. They could have like a count down counter thing. put it all on tv. no one knows what is going to happen, the verdict is secret. Its handed to the bailiff, tick tick tick tick. Its handed to the judge. tick tick tick tick. And now for a commercial from our sponsor Arid antiperspirant for men. And we're back. The judge silently opens the card and reads the verdict to himself. He then hands it to the would-be executioner. he goes to the big throw switch and waits. The judge secretly actives the switch or not depending on the verdict. The judge then says a few words and...................... the switch is thrown.