Mansfield Fox

Law student. Yankees fan. Massive fraggle. Just living the American dream.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Dep't of Misleading Headlines

"Texas withdraws parole option in murder cases"

You might think, from the headline, that bad ole Texas is cracking down on paroles for murderers, as a way to get their jollies by beating up on criminals.

The reality, of course, is that the new measure is designed to help those accused of murder, by giving juries an option other than death for punishing especially heinous murderers they might not want back on the streets someday. Texas isn't "withdrawing" anything. They're adding to the options available to juries, and the accused.

Oy. Anyway, I wouldn't point this out, but I've taken kind of a shine to the Lone Star State lately, and so find myself a tad defensive on this score.