| GEO World|
| 22 judges press Texas governor to delay execution|
| Updated at: 0632 PST, Thursday, September 04, 2008|
WASHINGTON: More than 20 US judges have urged Texas Governor Rick Perry to delay the execution of a murder suspect who has been granted a hearing that will take place two days after he is put to death, the convict's attorneys said Wednesday.
The 22 judges, including one who served as attorney general under former president Bill Clinton, wrote a letter to Perry asking him to postpone the execution of Charles Dean Hood, 39, by 30 days.
"We write because our long experience as jurists and law enforcement officials leads us to believe that justice cannot be served unless the courts are able to consider whether Mr. Hood's conviction and sentence are invalid," they wrote.
Hood is scheduled to be executed on September 10, but a court set a hearing for September 12 to examine defense arguments that he was not given a fair trial.