TCADP Press Release: Did Texas Execute an Innocent Man?

A book-length article published today in the Columbia University Human Rights Law Review sheds new light on the case of Carlos DeLuna – who was executed by the State of Texas on December 7, 1989 for the 1983 murder of convenience store clerk Wanda Lopez in Corpus Christi – and seeks to answer haunting questions as to whether he was in fact innocent of this crime.

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Court of Criminal Appeals Grants Stay to Steven Staley

Update as of 5:00 PM on May 14: We just learned that the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has granted a stay of execution to Steven Staley. The court did not provide a reason for the reprieve, saying only that “it had determined the execution should be halted “‘pending further order by this court.'”

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Two New Op-Eds Call for Abolition of Death Penalty

This week, two major Texas newspapers featured op-eds calling for the abolition of the death penalty. In the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (“‘Myth of violence’ drives capital punishment,” May 1, 2012), Reverend Bernard Kern (a new member of the TCADP Board of Directors), describes support for the death penalty as part of the “myth of redemptive […]

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5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Stay of Execution for Anthony Bartee

Ninety minutes after he was scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection in Huntsville, Anthony Bartee learned that the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had declined to overturn the stay of execution granted to him earlier in the day by a federal judge in San Antonio.  This effectively allowed his May 2 […]

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