Year-end report from DPIC shows “capital punishment is becoming marginalized and meaningless in most of the country”

Today, December 18, 2012, the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) released its year-end report, The Death Penalty in 2012.  According to the report, the number of new death sentences in 2012 was the second lowest since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.  Several states, including North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina, did not impose […]

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TCADP Report: Use of Death Penalty Geographically Isolated, Arbitrarily Imposed in Texas

According to TCADP’s new report, Texas Death Penalty Developments in 2012: The Year in Review, more than half of all new death sentences were imposed in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex this year, while no new death sentences were imposed in Harris County for the third time in five years.

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Thirty Years Ago Today…

Thirty years ago today, December 7, 1982, the State of Texas officially resumed executions, putting Charlie Brooks to death for the 1976 murder of David Gregory.  That was also the nation’s first execution by lethal injection, a new method concocted by a legislator and former chief medical examiner in Oklahoma. Reverend Carroll Pickett, who served […]

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CCA Overturns Conviction of Cathy Lynn Henderson, Orders New Trial

Today the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the recommendation of Judge Jon Wisser that Cathy Lynn Henderson should receive a new trial based on evolving scientific understanding of infant head trauma.  Henderson was convicted and sentenced to death in Travis County for the 1994 murder of three-month-old Brandon Baugh.  While she was baby-sitting him, Brandon suffered […]

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December 2012 Alert: Announcing the 2013 Award Winners and Annual Conference Panelists, the Year-End Report, and More!

If you missed the December alert, read more about the annual award winners to be celebrated at the TCADP Annual Conference held in February, the upcoming annual report to be released shortly, the religious leaders dialogue happening in Dallas at Paul Quinn College and other special events coming in the next few months.

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