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Texas Death Penalty

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"? | 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.

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...

Texas Execution Halted Amid Supreme Court Review

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — A black man convicted of a double murder in Texas 16 years ago was at least temporarily spared from lethal injection when th...

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' | 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...

Texas Man Executed For Killing Store Clerk

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 09.19.2011 | Crime

HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- A Texas inmate was executed Wednesday for killing a Dallas-area convenience store clerk during a shooting spree that he claimed w...

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...

White House Warns Texas: Execution Of Killer Would Violate International Law

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 09.06.2011 | Politics

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — Texas executed a Mexican citizen Thursday for the rape-slaying of a teenager after he and the White House pleaded in vain fo...

John Rudolf

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

Supreme Court: Texas May Proceed With Execution

AP | Posted 07.31.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court has lifted its hold on the execution of a Texas man convicted in the shooting death of a woman in 2002. The court's o...

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

Fewer Executions In 2010 | Laura Bassett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Executions declined in all four regions of the U.S. in 2010 and dropped by more than half over the past decade, according to a report released Tuesday...

The Top Reasons Why the Death Penalty Is Just Plain AWESOME

Lee Camp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Lee Camp


Silence as Assent

Andrea Lyon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrea Lyon

Something extraordinary is happening in Texas. A trial judge is holding hearings and listening to evidence about whether that state's death penalty i...

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...

The Last Voice Heard By 140 Inmates

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — For about 140 people over the past six years, the soft Texas drawl of Charles Thomas O'Reilly was the last voice they heard ...

Texas Executes Gang Leader For Murder Of 2 Girls

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — The leader of a former gang of Houston teenagers who raped and murdered two young girls walking home from a neighborhood par...

Texas, the Death Penalty, and the Will of God

Matt Idom | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Matt Idom

I do not believe that capital punishment belongs in our world. The arguments of "crime determent" and "continuing threat to society" are masked justifications for a human response to justice, not a divine one.

Houston's Death Penalty Hullabaloo

Robert Perkinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Perkinson

Harris County Texas is the death penalty capital of the democratic world. So when a district judge ruled Texas's capital punishment procedures unconstitutional, it was a shot heard around the world.