The death penalty landscape continues to shift in Texas, with no executions occurring here since April 6, 2016. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA), the state’s highest criminal court, has stopped the last four scheduled executions; it also halted two other executions earlier in the summer. According to Chuck Lindell with the Austin American-Statesman, […]
TCADP will co-host two events with social justice pioneer Shane Claiborne in Dallas and Fort Worth on September 27th and 28th. Claiborne will speak about his new book, Executing Grace: How the Death Penalty Killed Jesus and Why It’s Killing Us. In the book, he not only shares the grim statistics of a faulty justice system, but also the faces and stories of survivors of crime, murder victims’ families, prisoners, pastors, prosecutors, the exonerated, and even executioners.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has stayed the execution of Robert Jennings. Scheduled to be executed on September 14, 2016, Jennings has spent more than 25 years on death row for the murder of a Houston vice officer in 1988. The court offered no reason for stopping the punishment, saying only that it should […]
In this edition: Scheduled executions: Three executions stopped last month by Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Announcements: Seeking Lobby Corps members and Annual Award nominations In case you missed it: Report on “outlier counties” cites problems in Harris County; National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators calls for repeal; new film features former TCADP Board Member […]
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 […]