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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TCADP September 2016 Alert: More than four months since last Texas execution

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 […]

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Texas Court of Criminal Appeals stays execution of Rolando Ruiz

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 […]

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