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With tweet about a pardon, Gov. Greg Abbott injects politics into Texas’ criminal justice system

In an unprecedented use of his power, the Republican governor moved to pardon Daniel Perry less than a day after an Austin jury convicted him in the murder of protester Garrett Foster.

Daniel Perry during his first day of trial in the 147th District Courtroom at the Travis County Justice Center on March 28, 2023.

“Puerile dog whistle”

Self-defense or murder

Politics in pardons

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