Former Texas death row inmate Jerry Harfield finally released from prison after 35 years without a valid conviction

Jerry Hartfield was released from a Texas prison on June 12, 2017, after serving more than three decades without a valid conviction.  He had been convicted and sentenced to death for the 1976 slaying of 55-year-old Eunice Lowe in Bay City.  He allegedly confessed to the crime, “confessed, that is, the way a black man with […]

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Texas Court of Criminal Appeals halts execution of Kosoul Chanthakoummane

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) has stayed the execution of Kosoul Chanthakoummane and ordered the trial court to review claims of discredited forensic science. This marks the third case granted a stay by the CCA this year. Chanthakoummane was scheduled to be executed on July 19, 2017. Earlier this year, State District Judge Ben Smith […]

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TCADP June 2017 Alert: Death penalty on the decline

In this edition: Scheduled executions and case updates: No executions will take place in Texas this month; Two individuals removed from death row In case you missed it: Willingham prosecutor cleared of misconduct; Texas’ Third Court of Appeals ruled lethal injection providers should be known; Ralph Daniel Wright, Jr. becomes nation’s 159th exoneree; smaller counties make […]

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