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Texas Capital Punishment

When Texas Descends Into Hell: The Vulnerability of Scott Panetti

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 01.11.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

In order to be competent enough to be executed, Scott must understand why he is being executed. Presently, Scott thinks that he is being executed for being a preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Texas Has Executed So Many Inmates, There's Now Art Made Entirely Out Of Their Last Words

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

And it's surprisingly -- and hauntingly -- uplifting.

Texas Rises As Conservative Battleground

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson and Ryan Grim | Posted 06.27.2013 | Politics

While national political observers talk about shifting demographics and political dynamics that are slowly pushing Texas closer to tossup territory, R...

A History Of Capital Punishment In Texas

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 08.25.2013 | Crime

-- Milestones in capital punishment in Texas: 1819 - George Brown is first person executed in Texas, by hanging. 1863 - Chipita Rodriguez is fi...

Jason Linkins

Texas State Government Now Basically Just Using Folklore And Hokum To Make Life And Death Decisions | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.08.2012 | Politics

The state of Texas executed 54-year-old Marvin Wilson by lethal injection Tuesday night. Wilson had been on death row since 1992 after being convicted...

Capital Politics and Herzog's Into the Abyss

Jason Bailey | Posted 06.10.2012 | Politics
Jason Bailey

We, as a civilized society, are either going to kill people in the state's name, or we're not. It's literally life or death. It's one or the other. You're either in or you're out.

Legally Killing People Has Gotten A Lot More Expensive

The Huffington Post | Khadeeja Safdar | Posted 03.30.2012 | Business

Legally killing people has gotten more expensive. The price of execution drugs is now 15 times higher than it was a year ago, according to The Aust...

Texas Death Row Inmate Denied Supreme Court Hearing

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 01.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal from a Texas death row inmate who won a last-minute reprieve from the high court in Sept...

Texas Commission's Decision On Arson Cases Could Cause Headache For Perry

AP | By WILL WEISSERT | Posted 12.28.2011 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas -- A Texas commission no longer allowed to investigate a case where death penalty opponents say a man may have been executed based on a ...

We Are All Eyewitnesses

Mary Mapes | Posted 11.21.2011 | Crime
Mary Mapes

Our system, too often, is as fundamentally unfair as we are -- as cruel as any one person can be, as riddled with hypocrisy, confusion and mistakes. Tonight, as prayers are delivered and hopes are dashed, we should resolve to finally do something about our addiction to execution.

Supreme Court Halts Execution Of Texas Inmate

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics

By MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- A former Army recruiter who for the third time this year was hours away from his schedule...

Jason Linkins

Rick Perry On 'Ultimate Justice' In Texas: 'I've Never Struggled With That' | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.07.2011 | Politics

Brian Williams becomes the next reporter to almost, but not quite, hold Rick Perry to account for the execution of Cameron Todd Willingham. During the...

Prosecution 'Stands Mute' At Texas Death Penalty Hearing

AP | JUAN A. LOZANO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

HOUSTON — Prosecutors on Monday told a judge presiding over an unusual court hearing on the constitutionality of the death penalty in Texas that...

DNA Tests Undermine Evidence In Texas' Last Execution Under Bush

The Texas Observer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Claude Jones always claimed that he wasn't the man who walked into an East Texas liquor store in 1989 and shot the owner. He professed his innocence r...

Laura Bassett

Death Penalty May Be Ruled Unconstitutional In Texas | Laura Bassett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- At a hearing scheduled for Monday, December 6, a district court in Texas will decide whether the death penalty is unconstitutional in th...