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Tattooed Texas Judge Says the Death Penalty Is Unconstitutional

Kevin Fine, a judge in the Texas county that sends the most inmates to death row, has just ruled that the death penalty is...


Kevin Fine, a judge in the Texas county that sends the most inmates to death row, has just ruled that the death penalty is unconstitutional:
Saying he could assume that innocent people have been executed, state District Judge Kevin Fine ruled in a pre-trial motion in a capital murder case on Thursday that the death penalty was unconstitutional and found himself on Friday facing a torrent of criticism from a string of high-profile Texans including Gov. Rick Perry.
The defense in the murder case argued that the death penalty violated the defendant's constitutional right to "due process" because it could be misapplied, and result in the execution of an innocent person. Fine agreed.Kevin Fine is not your typical judge. Check out this excerpt from a November 2008 profile of Fine:
The devil tattooed on Kevin Fine's upper arm holds a razor blade, a mirror and an eight ball symbolizing cocaine. His forearm sports a tattoo of Jesus holding up a man who has collapsed amid the waves of a massive storm.Elected by Harris County voters as a state district judge this month, Fine said he'll draw from his experiences as a cocaine addict who has been clean and sober for 10 years when presiding over felony cases....Fine believes he is qualified to help those who truly want to battle their own demons and says he'll be able to spot the phonies.
Given this guy's death penalty ruling, his open acknowledgment of past mistakes, and the tattoos, look for him to get the Fox News/O'Reilly treatment in 3...2...1...
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