Statement of Governor Perry on US Supreme Court Ruling on Death Penalty
"Today's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court gives further guidance to the states on imposition of the death penalty. Several bills are pending in the legislature that would bar execution of those under age 18. If a bill that brings Texas law in line with the court's ruling reaches my desk I will sign it. Regardless of what the Legislature does, however, Texas will abide by the court's ruling.
"I will ask the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles to begin reviewing the cases of the 28 Texas murderers affected by today's ruling, so they can recommend appropriate action after considering reviewing the cases.
"Since the U.S. Supreme Court announced in recent months that it would reconsider its previous policy of allowing the execution of juveniles, Texas has not executed anyone who was under18 when they committed their crime. Prior to that, the state upheld the law as it was written and interpreted to ensure justice for the victims of some horrible crimes."