Texas Court of Criminal Appeals stays execution of Rolando Ruiz

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has stayed the execution of Rolando Ruiz, who was scheduled to be executed on August 31st. His appeal questioned the deficiency of his trial counsel and his initial habeas counsel. The appeal also questioned the constitutionality of executing him after more than 20 years after his conviction. BuzzFeed News reports: This […]

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New report: Too Broken to Fix: An In-depth Look at America’s Outlier Death Penalty Counties,

A new report from the Fair Punishment Project at Harvard Law School offers an in-depth look at how the death penalty is operating in the small handful of counties across the country that are still using it. Of the 3,143 county or county equivalents in the United States, only 16—or one half of one percent—imposed five […]

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Texas Court of Criminal Appeals stays execution of Robert Pruett

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has stayed the execution of Robert Pruett “pursuant to the appeal pending in the DNA case.”  Pruett was scheduled to be executed on August 23rd despite significant doubts about the reliability of his conviction.  He has steadfastly maintained his innocence in the murder of Corrections Officer Daniel Nagle in the […]

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Evangelical leaders support clemency for Jeff Wood

Nearly 50 Evangelical leaders from Texas and across the country have appealed to Texas Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles asking them to spare Jeff Wood’s life. Wood is scheduled for execution on August 24, 2016, even though he was not the triggerman, had no previous criminal history, and suffers from borderline intellectual functioning and mental illness.

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