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Killer Who Threatened Texas Senator Renews Death Wish

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    Texas death row inmate Richard Tabler (inset) says he wants to forgo the appeals process and speed up his execution.

    The Texas prisoner who threatened a senator from death row using a smuggled cell phone is renewing his push to drop his appeals and be executed.

    Richard Tabler says in a letter to The Associated Press he's upset that his efforts to die have been blocked in the courts.

    The convicted killer is also unhappy with 24-hour video monitoring and a ban on nearly all his visitors.

    Tabler's cell phone calls in 2008 prompted an unprecedented lockdown of the Texas prison system and a contraband sweep.

    Tabler calls his phone use "idiotic" and blames it for the court's refusal to comply with his request for a speedy execution. He says "it's no longer about justice."

    But even Tabler's lawyers have refused to support his request and have challenged his competency.