On Wednesday, July 6, a Texas state district judge withdrew the execution order for Perry Eugene Williams, who was scheduled to be put to death Thursday, July 14 for the 2000 murder of Houston medical student Matthew Carter. Williams’ execution was delayed indefinitely after state officials failed to provide testing results for the purity of lethal […]
On Thursday, June 16, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) granted a stay of execution to Robert Roberson, who was scheduled to be put to death Tuesday, June 21 for the 2002 murder of his daughter in Anderson County. Roberson’s attorneys argued that his conviction was based on junk science. Jonathan Silver of the […]
The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, a bi-partisan coalition of 40 prominent Latino organizations, has endorsed abolition of the death penalty. According to Juan Cartagena, co-chair of the NHLA Civil Rights committee and president of LatinoJustice, “The racialized aspects of the imposition of the death penalty in the United States could not just be overlooked, and that became the unifying piece.”
In this edition of our monthly newsletter, you’ll find information about scheduled executions in Texas, as well as a recap of a recent Supreme Court decision rebuking prosecutors for racially discriminatory practices in a capital murder trial. You’ll also learn about actions that United Methodists in Texas are taking to affirm their church’s opposition to the death penalty.
Max Soffar, who spent 35 years on Texas’ death row – died of complications from liver cancer on Sunday, April 24, 2016. He was diagnosed in the fall of 2014, when doctors told him he had only months to live. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit was scheduled to hear oral arguments […]