Kirk Bloodsworth, a former death row inmate and the first to be exonerated through DNA evidence, speaks during the 20th annual Starvin' for Justice fast and vigil against the death penalty in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington on June 29, 2013. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
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Supporters look on as Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, sitting third from right, signs a bill abolishing capital punishment in the state during a ceremony in Annapolis, Md., Thursday, May 2, 2013.
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Bangladeshis protest to demand the death penalty for Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Kader Mullah in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, on Feb. 11, 2013
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Texas District Attorney Ronald Earle supports the death penalty, but has doubts
Rolando Cruz attending the National Conference on Wrongful Convictions and the Death Penalty November 14, 1998 in Chicago, IL.
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Bush has called for stronger anti-terrorism legislation, including expanding the death penalty
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FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections shows death row inmate Ronald Post. Post, the Ohio inmate whose 450-pound weight became an issue in his death penalty case, has died seven months after being granted clemency, officials said Friday, July 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, File)
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Women shout slogans outside the District court in Saket as they call for the death penalty of the four men convicted of rape and murder on September 13, 2013 in New Delhi, India
A woman wears an anti-death penalty tee-shirt during the 20th annual Starvin' for Justice fast and vigil against the death penalty in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington on June 29, 2013.
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THE TEXAS RECORD:
Bush has presided over about one-fifth of all executions since
the death penalty was reinstated in 1976
Nebraska's lethal injection chamber at the State Penitentiary in Lincoln, Neb. On May 27, Nebraska became the 19th state to repeal the death penalty.