Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Texas death row inmate Duane Buck is entitled to a new sentencing hearing. Buck was sentenced to death after a Houston jury heard false and unconstitutional testimony from a defense “expert” that he was more likely to be a future danger because he is black.
Advocates from across Texas will gather this Saturday, February 18, 2017 in Austin for the 19th annual conference of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP). This event, Moving to Higher Ground, will feature workshops, a keynote address, and a panel discussion featuring five local print and radio journalists who cover death penalty issues.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has granted a stay of execution for Tilon Carter. Originally scheduled to be executed on February 7, 2017, Carter has spent 11 years on death row for the 2004 robbery and murder of 89-year-old James Eldon Tomlin in Fort Worth. The court granted the stay because the trial court missed the […]
On Tuesday, January 31, a federal district court in Corpus Christi granted a stay of execution to John Ramirez. Ramirez was scheduled to be executed on February 2, 2017 for the 2004 murder of Pablo Castro.U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos granted the stay based on Ramirez’s claims of ineffective counsel by his previous court-appointed […]
In this edition of our monthly alert, you’ll find details about the TCADP 2017 Annual Conference, as well as information about scheduled executions and links to a recent public radio series on the Texas death penalty.