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Texas Death Penalty

Blind Justice

Andrea Lyon | Posted 04.24.2013 | Crime
Andrea Lyon

In the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, many are wondering where our mental health system has gone awry. The state of Texas's desire to kill Andre Thomas shows that we are a long way from where we need to be.

How Crazy Is Too Crazy For Execution?

www.motherjones.com | Posted 02.12.2013 | Crime

Andre Thomas was convicted of killing his estranged wife and their two children, a 4-year-old boy and 13-month old girl. With an extensive background ...

A Busy Year for the Texas Executioner, but Hank Skinner Eludes Death Again

David Protess | Posted 02.17.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

On death row for 18 Christmases, Hank Skinner has outlived more than 400 condemned men and women. How? Turns out the evidence was not what it seemed.

John Grisham, The Confession: A Book Review

Peter Clothier | Posted 01.20.2013 | Books
Peter Clothier

A can't miss, you'd have thought, for a story-teller as successful -- and as knowledgable about the legal system -- as John Grisham. So why does he miss?

Michael McLaughlin

EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Wife Doesn't Think Texas Man Was Wrongly Executed

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 11.01.2012 | Crime

Standing in the way of a pardon for a Texas man that his family considers was wrongly convicted and executed is his ex-wife. For years, Stacy Kuyke...

The Skeptical Juror and the Texas Condemned Man

David Protess | Posted 10.14.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

He is an unlikely watchdog over the criminal justice system, a 64-year-old former aerospace engineer from Southern California with no formal legal training. Yet his blog, The Skeptical Juror, has rapidly become a must-read.

Jason Linkins

Texas State Government Now Basically Just Using Folklore And Hokum To Make Life And Death Decisions

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Carlos DeLuna, Cameron Willingham and Rethinking the Criminal Justice System

Dan Simon | Posted 07.30.2012 | Crime
Dan Simon

At bottom, the primary cause for false convictions is the questionable quality of the evidence habitually used in criminal prosecutions. Poor evidence can be produced even when all actors follow procedures diligently and conscientiously.

Study Reveals Shocking Connection Between Race And Capital Punishment In Texas

www.chron.com | Posted 11.15.2011 | Black Voices

The connection between race and capital punishment has been a hot topic this year, and it's likely to remain one after a new study found a shocking pa...

Texas Death Row Inmate Granted Stay Of Execution

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 01.07.2012 | Politics

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals granted a stay of execution to death row inmate Hank Skinner Monday, who was scheduled to be executed Nov. 9. ...

Mike Sacks

Justices Refuse To Hear Death Penalty Case Raising Racism Issue

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 01.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday morning declined to hear a controversial death penalty case out of Texas and agreed to hear oral argument on...

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...

Willful Ignorance In Texas Execution?

Radley Balko | Posted 01.03.2012 | Politics
Radley Balko

A week from today, Texas death row inmate Henry "Hank" Skinner is scheduled to be executed for the 1995 murders of Twila Busby and her two adult sons....

The Rebirth of Birtherism! Perry & Trump's Unracist Thinking

Katie Halper | Posted 12.28.2011 | Comedy
Katie Halper

Birthers are marginalized as racists. But when it comes to Perry and Trump, race-card dealers are barking up the wrong tree. Just ask Donald Trump, who is keenly aware of his excellent rapport with black people.

Public Officials Call On Rick Perry To Allow DNA Testing For Questionable Execution

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 12.28.2011 | Politics

A group of current and former lawmakers, judges and lawyers is calling on Texas Gov. Rick Perry to grant DNA testing for a convicted murderer with an ...

Cheers Or Tears? What Confucius Would Say About Texas Executions

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 12.25.2011 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

Confucius is rarely heard in contemporary debate. But what indeed would Confucius make of this latest public ovation for what the audience perceived to be the benefits of capital punishment?

Saki Knafo

Ending The Last Meal Tradition On Texas Death Row: A "Diversionary Issue"?

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 11.23.2011 | Crime

On Thursday, prison officials in Texas decided to end the practice of allowing condemned inmates to choose their last meal. The day before, Texas ...

Troy Davis, Texas and the Ultimate Justice

J.D. Bell | Posted 11.21.2011 | Black Voices
J.D. Bell

It would be understandable if the thousands who have rallied behind Troy Davis in recent weeks felt betrayed by their government and helpless in the face of unrelenting bloodlust. This feels something like Texas Justice.

Rick Perry Executed an Innocent Man/ Save Troy Davis!

Katie Halper | Posted 11.15.2011 | Crime
Katie Halper

Rick Perry's record number of executions drew applause at last week's GOP debate. Among the 234 -- make that 235 as of today -- killed under Perry was Cameron Todd Willingham, who received the death penalty for killing his three daughters by arson.

Christians Clapping For Death?

Rev. Anne Howard | Posted 11.14.2011 | Religion
Rev. Anne Howard

Brian Williams noted that Texas Governor Rick Perry has presided over a record 234 executions during his term of office. I was shocked the other night when the applause broke out.

Applauding Executions Might Be American, But It Is Not Christian

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 11.09.2011 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

This is not really about the issue itself or even about Governor Perry, but about the applause and reaction. It is never justified to applaud at the death of another human being. Period.

Jason Linkins

Rick Perry On 'Ultimate Justice' In Texas: 'I've Never Struggled With That'

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Supreme Court Refuses To Stop Texas From Executing Man Despite White House Warning

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 09.06.2011 | Politics

[UPDATE - 7:48 p.m. ET] - CNN reports that Humberto Leal "has been executed by lethal injection in Texas." ORIGINAL STORY BELOW: The U.S. Suprem...

John Rudolf

Milton Mathis, Convicted Killer, Executed In Texas Despite Evidence Of Retardation

HuffingtonPost.com | John Rudolf | Posted 12.01.2011 | Crime

A man convicted of slaying two people and critically injuring a third in a drug house shooting was executed on Tuesday evening by Texas officials, des...

Texas Execution Could Risk Americans' Safety Abroad

Sandra Babcock | Posted 08.09.2011 | World
Sandra Babcock

When Texas authorities arrested Humberto Leal García, a Mexican national with no prior criminal convictions, they tried, convicted, and sentenced him to death without ever informing him of his consular rights and without notifying the consulate.