Report from a Texas execution

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From the Austin Statesman, reporting that Texas executed a Mexican citizen last night for a rape and murder:

In his last minutes, Humberto Leal repeatedly said he was sorry and accepted responsibility.

“I have hurt a lot of people. … I take full blame for everything. I am sorry for what I did,” he said in the death chamber.

“One more thing,” he said as the drugs began taking effect. Then he shouted twice, “Viva Mexico!”

“Ready warden,” he said. “Let’s get this show on the road.”

The Mexican government and the Obama administration had each asked that Governor Perry delay the execution because the condemned man hadn’t gotten help from his consulate. The Statesman reports that Mexico says when its ambassador called, Governor Perry declined to take the call.

With Governor Perry looking like a possible Republican hopeful for 2012, we had two epic segments on the show last night about this. The second one’s above, with Bob Herbert. Here’s the first.

Rick Perry and Texas

Report from a Texas execution

Updated