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Text of Texas Gov. Bush's statement on Karla Faye Tucker

February 3, 1998
Web posted at: 8:35 p.m. EST (0135 GMT)

AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) -- Below is the text of Gov. George W. Bush's statement denying a 30-day delay to the execution of convicted killer Karla Faye Tucker:

"When I was sworn in as the governor of Texas I took an oath of office to uphold the laws of our state, including the death penalty. My responsibility is to ensure our laws are enforced fairly and evenly without preference or special treatment.

"Many people have contacted my office about this execution. I respect the strong convictions which have prompted some to call for mercy and others to emphasize accountability and consequences.

"Like many touched by this case, I have sought guidance through prayer. I have concluded judgment about the heart and soul of an individual on death row are best left to a higher authority.

"Karla Faye Tucker has acknowledged she is guilty of a horrible crime. She was convicted and sentenced by a jury of her peers. The role of the state is to enforce our laws and to make sure all individuals are treated fairly under those laws.

"The state must make sure each individual sentenced to death has opportunity for access to the court and a thorough legal review. The courts, including the United States Supreme Court, have reviewed the legal issues in this case, and therefore I will not grant a 30-day stay.

"May God bless Karla Faye Tucker and may God bless her victims and their families."


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