TEXAS: Murdertown, U.S.A.

The story goes that a young Eastern lawyer complained to an old Texas judge about the Texas way with crime. "I don't understand Texas justice," said the lawyer. "You will suspend sentence of a convicted murderer, but you wall hang a horse thief." The old judge rang a spittoon with a stream of tobacco juice. "Sonny," he replied, "I reckon that's 'cause we got men that need killin' but we ain't got no hosses that need stealin'."

It was against that frame of mind that Houston's citizens were up in arms last week....

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