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If this schedule holds, Ms. McCarthy will be the 500th person put to death in Texas since 1982. TCADP encourages all members to attend a vigil in your community that evening. Information and updates on these cases will be available on our website and through Facebook and Twitter.
The 83rd Regular Session of the Texas Legislature concluded on Monday, May 27, 2013, with mixed results. Bills to repeal the death penalty, create an innocence commission to investigate wrongful convictions, and establish a Racial Justice Act were left pending in committee, while legislation requiring all available DNA evidence in capital cases be tested before trial now awaits the Governor’s signature.
Already signed into law is the Michael Morton Act, which requires prosecutors to turn over all available evidence to defense lawyers. The bill aims to prevent wrongful convictions like that of Michael Morton, who spent 25 years in prison for the murder of his wife before DNA evidence exonerated him in 2011. According to the Texas Tribune, the act is the first significant reform to Texas discovery laws since 1965. Read more from the Austin American-Statesman.
TCADP is immensely grateful to everyone who participated in the legislative process this year – either by attending the hearing on HB 1703, visiting your legislators, or calling the members of the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee. Your voices are critical to changing the conversation on the death penalty. Stay tuned for opportunities for your ongoing involvement… the next legislative session is only 18 months away!
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Wesley Memorial UMC is launching a month-long series during its worship services to look at systemic justice issues through the lenses of criminal justice, justice for the immigrant and impoverished, racial justice and gender/sexual justice. Juan will be the first speaker in this series. Services take place at 8:45am and 11:00am at 700 Hwy. 30 East, Huntsville. Information may be obtained by calling the church office at 936-285-7459 or by visiting the church webpage at www.wesleyhuntsville.org.
TCADP Houston Chapter Meeting, Sunday, June 9
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