State of Texas executes Christopher Wilkins

Yesterday, January 11, the State of Texas carried out its first execution of 2017. Christopher Chubasco Wilkins was executed for the 2005 murders of Mike Silva and Willie Freeman in Fort Worth. Wilkins gave no final statement. He was 48 years old. In October 2015,  Wilkins’ execution date was withdrawn at the request of Tarrant County prosecutors, who sought […]

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TCADP January 2017 Alert: The death penalty’s demise

In this edition: Scheduled executions: Three executions scheduled for January in Texas TCADP 2017 Annual Conference: Check out some of our workshop sessions. In case you missed it: Coverage of the death penalty’s demise in Texas and nationwide; judge recommends new trial in 1993 Houston death penalty case Featured events: Join TCADP members and staff […]

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Texas Death Penalty Developments in 2016: The Year in Review

Today, TCADP released its year-end report, Texas Death Penalty Developments in 2016: The Year in Review. The report provides in-depth information on new death sentences, executions, and stays; reduced sentences; judicial developments; public opinion; and other issues affecting the administration of justice in Texas.

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2016 Election Debrief

On November 8, 2016, voters did more than just elect a new president. They voted for district attorneys, sheriffs, criminal justice reform legislation, and, in three states, the death penalty. In Nebraska, 59.6% of voters chose to repeal the abolition law passed in 2015. Oklahoma’s State Question 776 passed, protecting the death penalty through the […]

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SCOTUS Likely to Find Racial Bias in Case of Duane Buck

On October 5, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments describing racial bias in the death penalty case of Duane Buck. Duane Buck was condemned to death in 1997, after his own trial attorneys inexplicably introduced testimony and a report from a psychologist, Dr. Walter Quijano, stating that Mr. Buck was more likely to be dangerous […]

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