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Texas To Hold First Execution Since Botched Oklahoma Case

Today, the state of Texas is scheduled to execute 41-year old Robert James Campbell for the murder and rape of a 20-year old woman in 1991.

If carried out, Campbell will be the first prisoner killed by capital punishment in the U.S. since a botched execution occurred in Oklahoma two weeks ago. However, Campbell’s defense team is still trying to appeal his deal using two very distinct arguments.

NPR correspondent Wade Goodwyn joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to discuss these arguments, and to talk about why this particular execution is both controversial and significant.

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If his scheduled execution is carried out today, Robert James Campbell will be the first prisoner killed by capital punishment in the U.S. since a botched execution occurred in Oklahoma two weeks ago. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice/AP Photo)
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If his scheduled execution is carried out today, Robert James Campbell will be the first prisoner killed by capital punishment in the U.S. since a botched execution occurred in Oklahoma two weeks ago. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice/AP Photo)