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Texas Death Penalty

2015 Was A Historic Year For The Death Penalty In America

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 12.16.2015 | Politics

From papal speeches to street protests, death penalty news loomed large in 2015. Some states like Pennsylvania, Nebraska and Connecticut informally ...

Can a Lawyer Oppose a Client's Plea to Live?

Brandon L. Garrett | Posted 12.01.2016 | Crime
Brandon L. Garrett

Lawyers cannot give up working on a case, or put their own interests above their client's. And yet that is what two Texas lawyers appear to have done to death row clients they were appointed to represent.

Kim Bellware

Texas Executes 9th Prisoner This Year | Kim Bellware | Posted 06.19.2015 | Crime

A man convicted of killing an auto mechanic while high on a crack binge and then driving off in the victim's car was put to death by lethal injection ...

Time Almost Up For Inmate On Texas Death Row For 3 Decades

Reuters | Posted 06.02.2016 | Crime

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas, June 2 (Reuters) - Texas is set on Wednesday to execute Lester Bower, one of the longest-serving inma...

Kim Bellware

Texas Death Row Inmate Granted Last-Minute Stay Of Execution | Kim Bellware | Posted 04.28.2015 | Crime

A Texas man convicted of fatally stabbing a prison guard in 1999 was granted a stay just hours before his scheduled execution Tuesday night. A sta...

Texas Executes First Inmate With New Batch Of Drugs

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 04.09.2015 | Crime

A man convicted of killing a Texas cop and a gas station customer in 2002, was executed by lethal injection Thursday night at the Huntsville State Pen...

Explosive Allegations Provide New Hope For British Grandmother On Texas Death Row

Posted 02.23.2015 | Crime

New allegations in a high-profile death penalty case may help Linda Carty, a 56-year-old British grandmother who has been on death row in Texas since ...

Supreme Court Won't Stop Texas Execution

The Huffington Post | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 02.04.2015 | Crime

Prison officials in Texas put to death an inmate convicted of killing a police officer after the Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to halt the execut...

Simon McCormack

Texas Is About To Execute A Man With An IQ Of 67 | Simon McCormack | Posted 01.29.2015 | Crime

Two days after the execution of Warren Hill, a Georgia man whose lawyers said he had an intellectual disability, another prisoner is scheduled to die ...

Amanda Terkel

Appeals Court Orders Texas To Hold Off On Execution Of Severely Mentally Ill Man | Amanda Terkel | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Less than 12 hours before the state of Texas was set to execute Scott Panetti, an appeals court issued a stay Wednesday morning, meaning...

Amanda Terkel

Rick Perry Silent Under Pressure To Delay Execution Of Severely Mentally Ill Man | Amanda Terkel | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Scott Panetti is just about out of options. On Wednesday at 6 p.m. CST, the state of Texas will end his life, even though his lawyers sa...

Texas Wants to Kill This Mentally Ill Man

Cassy Stubbs | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics
Cassy Stubbs

The execution of Mr. Panetti accomplishes no reasonable goal. Executing someone who does not understand the reason for his punishment violates not only the Constitution, but basic decency.

Man On Death Row Because In Texas, Being Black Means You're Dangerous?

The Grio | Eric Guster | Posted 10.20.2014 | Black Voices

Justice should be blind. It should be blind to race, income, class and other factors. However, in the case of Duane Buck, race played a major factor i...

Wendy Davis Still Supports The Death Penalty

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | Posted 09.10.2014 | Politics

Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democratic nominee for governor, is not backing away from her support for the death penalty. "I do support the de...

Why Is America 50 Years Behind the Times When It Comes to the Death Penalty?

Matthew Chapman | Posted 10.12.2014 | Crime
Matthew Chapman

When execution ended in my country, a shadow faded. Something grim and primitive was gone. There's still violence and murder in England, of course, but its citizens -- including children -- no longer have to be accomplices in the most premeditated of all killings.

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.

The Death Penalty Is the Tip of an Iceberg of Injustice

Steven W. Hawkins | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Steven W. Hawkins

Years from now we will know that we stood on the right side of history.

Man About To Be Executed In Texas Pens Devastating Letter

Gawker | Posted 03.04.2014 | Crime

Texas death row inmate Ray Jasper is scheduled to be put to death on March 19. He has written us a letter that, he acknowledges, "could be my final st...

More Evidence That Texas Executed An Innocent Man

The New York Times | Posted 02.28.2014 | Crime

In the 10 years since Texas executed Cameron Todd Willingham after convicting him on charges of setting his house on fire and murdering his three youn...

Texas' Other Death Penalty

Texas Observer | Posted 11.16.2013 | Politics

The first patient who called me “doctor” died a few winters ago. I met him at the St. Vincent’s Student-Run Free Clinic on Galveston Island. I w...

Children of the Condemned

David Protess | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
David Protess

Mounting evidence, including DNA tests the State had fought for more than a decade, strongly supports his claim of innocence. Yet Skinner came within 45 minutes of execution in 2010 and almost died three times this year due to an often-fatal illness.

Texas Inmate Defies Death As Evidence of Innocence Mounts

David Protess | Posted 11.10.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

Hank Skinner is in the final round of a fight against two heavyweights. One is the Texas lawmen who want him executed. The other is an often-fatal ailment that saps his strength and leaves him in constant pain. The odds makers give him little chance. Death, after all, is undefeated.

Dem Proposes Tying Abortion Restrictions To Death Penalty Abolition

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics

A Texas lawmaker has introduced a bill that would block anti-abortion laws from going into effect until the state ends its use of capital punishment. ...

Texas Execution: Routine or 'Awesome'?

Martin Clancy | Posted 06.28.2013 | Crime
Martin Clancy

Texas conducted its fourth execution of the year Thursday night, an event now so routine that the state's major newspapers didn't even send reporters.

Executing the Death Penalty

David Protess | Posted 05.19.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

In 1999, a French journalist made a bold prediction to me. "Your country will abolish capital punishment in the next 25 years." I thought of our conversation on Friday when I learned that Maryland will ban capital punishment.