and now the news:

  • Libya Ferrets Out Gadhafi's Taint
  • Rick Perry's execution record greeted by wild applause from Republicans
  • Weatherman Wakes Up Next To Corpse In Bathtub

    Brett Cummins, a 33-year-old KARK meteorologist, woke up on Monday in a bathtub next to a corpse wearing a dog collar on, his friend Christopher Barbour told police.

    According to a report by Fox Dallas-Fortworth, Barbour told authorities Cummins brought a friend, Dexter Williams, to his house the night before, and that the three of them proceeded to drink and "snort drugs."

    The next morning, Barbour found the two next to each other in an empty bathtub, Williams was wearing a dog collar. Dexter was not conscious and his face was a different color. The weatherman then left the house, but insisted he would return.

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4 Responses:

  1. Rick C says:

    Anyone know how much power the Texas governor has to stop executions?

    • pavel_lishin says:

      Well, as governor, I believe he has the power to pardon criminals. I don't know he can reduce the severity of punishment, though.

      • Rick C says:

        Nope. Unlike some other states, the Texas governor's power is very limited, due to historical abuse. Unless the Board of Prisons specifically recommends a pardon for an individual, the governor may issue a one-time 30-day delay in an execution. So in the case of Cameron Todd Willingham, even if Perry had been inclined to pardon him, he would not have been able to do so. Ditto the guy who got executed a couple months ago for abducting and raping a teenage girl. (Interestingly, the Mexican government admitted that, even had they been contacted at the time, they don't think it would have made any difference in the outcome of the case.)

        • Joe Crawford says:

 seems to indicate that the Governor can lobby a special board that considers pardons, can make recommendations to them, and then must approve their decision. It's not a unilateral power, but it is a power nonetheless.

          I'm no expert of course, just reading some crap I saw on the internet.