Two men have been removed from death row in Texas in recent weeks based on evidence of their intellectual disabilities. The commutations stem from the U.S. Supreme Court decision, Moore v. Texas, which requires the state to use current medical standards in assessing intellectual disabilities.
Today, Monday, April 17, 2017, the Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee will hold a public hearing on House Bill 1537, which would repeal the death penalty in Texas. The Committee has considered similar legislation sponsored by State Representative Jessica Farrar in every session since 2009.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) has stayed the execution of Paul Storey and ordered the trial court to determine whether mitigating evidence related to the victim’s parents’ opposition to the death penalty could have been discovered previously. Storey was scheduled to be executed by the State of Texas next Wednesday, April 12, 2017. His […]
Attorneys for Paul Storey filed a state habeas application on Friday, March 31, 2017. Mr. Storey is scheduled to be executed by the State of Texas on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. You’ll find links to the writ and a video appeal for clemency by the parents of the murder victim, Jonas Cherry, below. Statement from Attorneys for Paul […]
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider the case of Carlos Ayestas, a Honduran national who was sentenced to death in Harris County, Texas in 1997. This is the third death penalty case out of Harris County to be granted cert by the Justices in the last year. See the statement from Ayestas’ attorneys […]