Advisory Panel on Wrongful Convictions Issues Recommendations

The Timothy Cole Advisory Panel on Wrongful Convictions recently concluded its work to study the prevention of wrongful convictions. The panel was established by the state legislature in 2009 and named in memory of Timothy Cole, who died in prison while serving time for a crime he did not commit. Cole was later exonerated by […]

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Charles Hood Receives New Sentencing Trial

Charles Dead Hood was convicted in the 1989 fatal shootings of 26-year-old Tracie Lynn Wallace and 46-year-old Ronald Williamson. For the last two years, upon discovery of substantial evidence and later sworn testimony, that uncovered the romantic relationship between former Collin County District Attorney Thomas O’Connell Jr and the presiding judge Verla Sue Holland, Hood […]

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Commentary on GOP Gubernatorial comment for moratorium on death penalty

On February 14, 2010, the San Antonio Express News ran the following statement by Debra Medina, in which the GOP gubernatorial candidate for Texas called for a moratorium on the death penalty. “Medina: Hold off on executions” Debra Medina met with the Houston Chronicle editorial board Friday. Amiddiscussion of a range of topics large and […]

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Judge Speaks Out Against Court Flaws

In recent years the flaws of both forensic science and the criminal justice system in Texas have come under fire. Retired Judge H. Lee Sarokin, writing for the Huffington Post, speaks out against the denying of additional DNA testing, citing Hank Skinner as a prime example of a flawed criminal justice system. “Thwarting Justice by […]

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The Autobiography of an Execution; new insight into death row through death penalty litigator

The Autobiography of an Execution explores the politics behind the death penalty, while examining personal challenges faced by author and Texas death row attorney David Dow’s laborious career defending death row inmates and the impact such work has on his personal life as a husband and father. Dow criticizes the death penalty in Texas, siting […]

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