A Race To The Death

Texas faces a challenge from the Sooner state

The national trend toward a slowdown in executions amid fears of wrongful convictions has not shaken the resolve of the Sooner state. "It's the wild West," a minister named Robin Meyers said outside an Oklahoma City courtroom where a death-row inmate's attorneys made an unsuccessful plea for mercy last week. "Texas and Oklahoma are in a race to see who can kill the most people."

Texas won in a rout last year (40 to 11), but Oklahoma led the country in per-capita executions. And the state is beginning 2001 ambitiously. It can't claim credit if Timothy McVeigh is put to death--he's...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!