The Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP) is a statewide, grassroots membership organization working to end the death penalty in Texas. TCADP engages in outreach, education, and advocacy aimed at raising awareness of issues related to the death penalty and mobilizing the citizens of Texas - and their elected officials - to support abolition. We invite all concerned citizens to join our growing movement.

20 November 2014 ~ Comments Off

TCADP Announces the 2015 Annual Award Winners

The TCADP Board of Directors is delighted to announce the recipients of our 2015 Annual Awards, which will be presented at our 2015 Annual Conference on February 21, 2015 in Austin, Texas.  Please join us in celebrating these extraordinary individuals!  We also invite you to congratulate the award winners by placing an ad in the conference program. […]

20 November 2014 ~ Comments Off

Attorneys for Scott Panetti appeal to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

Just In: Following a denial in district court, attorneys for Scott Panetti, a man who has suffered from schizophrenia for over thirty years, asked the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) to stay his imminent execution to allow for a meaningful opportunity to assess his competency for execution. Mr. Panetti is scheduled for execution on December 3rd, but […]

19 November 2014 ~ Comments Off

Worldwide Calls for Clemency for Scott Panetti

Worldwide support for Scott Panetti reached a groundswell this week with new calls for clemency from prominent individuals and organizations from across Texas and the world, including the nation’s largest grassroots advocacy organization on mental illness, National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI); NAMI’s Texas affiliate; ten legislators from Texas; former U.S. Representative Ron Paul; several more Evangelical Christians; and the European Union, which represents twenty-eight nations.

14 November 2014 ~ Comments Off

Attorneys file new motion requesting stay of execution for Scott Panetti

Today, attorneys for Scott Panetti, a man who has suffered from schizophrenia for over thirty years, and whose case has elicited widespread support for a stay of execution, have filed a new Motion in the 216th District Court in Kerrville, Texas, which seeks to stay or modify Mr. Panetti’s scheduled December 3rd execution date in order to assess Mr. Panetti’s competency to be executed. Mr. Panetti has not had a competency hearing in nearly seven years.

12 November 2014 ~ Comments Off

Clemency Petition Filed Today: Execution of Scott Panetti Would “Cross a Moral Line”

Today, dozens of prominent organizations and individuals from Texas and across the country called on the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles and Governor Rick Perry to stop the December 3rd scheduled execution of Scott Panetti, a severely mentally ill man who has suffered from schizophrenia for more than 30 years.

08 November 2014 ~ Comments Off

Texas Court Refuses to Withdraw Execution Date for Scott Panetti

On Thursday, November 6, 2014, the trial court judge in Kerrville, Texas refused to withdraw or modify the December 3, 2014execution date for Scott Panetti.  Below is a statement from Kathryn Kase, one of Mr. Panetti’s attorneys and Executive Director of Texas Defender Service. Statement from Kathryn Kase, attorney for Scott Panetti “Texas has conducted itself […]

03 November 2014 ~ Comments Off

Attorneys for Scott Panetti file Emergency Motion in order to determine his competency to be executed

Today, an Emergency Motion for Hearing was filed in state court by attorneys for Scott Panetti, a severely mentally ill man scheduled for execution in Texas on December 3, 2014, asking the State withdraw or modify the execution date so that Mr. Panetti is given a meaningful opportunity to contest his competency for execution. Mr. Panetti has not had a competency hearing in nearly seven years.

03 November 2014 ~ Comments Off

Registration for TCADP’s 2015 Annual Conference now open and other updates…

In the November 2014 edition of our e-newsletter, you’ll find information about the scheduled execution of Scott Panetti, who has a long, documented history of severe mental illness, as well details about upcoming events, including the TCADP 2015 Annual Conference.