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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Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles Votes Unanimously Against Anthony Bartee

Thank you to everyone who has taken action to stop tonight’s scheduled execution of Anthony Bartee, who was convicted and sentenced to death for the 1996 murder of David Cook in San Antonio.  We learned late last night from Bartee’s attorneys that the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles voted unanimously against granting clemency or a […]

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The Final Collapse of the Deterrence Argument?

In upholding the revised capital punishment statutes of several states back in 1976, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized two main purposes of the death penalty: 1.) deterrence (to stop people from committing capital offenses out of fear of being executed) and 2.) retribution (punishment that is proportionate to, and warranted by, the crime).  A new […]

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