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Former federal prosecutor Sol Wisenberg says he is not troubled by the number and pace of executions in Texas  
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Former prosecutor says court system offers 'super-protection' for death penalty defendants

June 15, 2000
Web posted at: 11:38 a.m. EST (1538 GMT)

(CNN) - In an online interview with CNN Legal Analyst Greta Van Susteren, former federal prosecutor Sol Wisenberg says recent reports of "so-called errors" in death penalty cases prove the system is doing "a very good job of providing super-protection to death penalty defendants."

He says trials often last only two or three days because the proof of guilt is overwhelming in most death penalty cases. However, he favors procedural safeguards like DNA testing to ensure that innocent people are not executed.

Wisenberg is a former clerk for a state judge on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, which handles all the death penalty cases in the state. He says he is not troubled by the number and pace of executions in Texas. "It's a big state, it's a violent state, it's a violent country," he says.


CNN Legal Analyst Greta Van Susteren is Law Center Chief Legal Adviser and co-host of 'Burden of Proof'

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