New report chronicles plight of veterans on death row

In conjunction with Veterans Day earlier this month, the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) released a new report that chronicles the plight of some 300 veterans on death row nationwide, including many who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). According to report author Richard Dieter, “Defense attorneys representing veterans accused of capital crimes often fail […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Hank Skinner

This morning (March 7, 2011), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Texas death row inmate Hank Skinner can pursue his request for DNA testing through the federal Civil Rights Act.  Skinner came within an hour of execution one year ago before the Court granted him a last-minute stay.  Key pieces of evidence collected at the […]

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San Antonio Students Protest Death Penalty

On Friday, March 26 2010, dozens of San Antonio college and university students from the metropolitan area, gathered on the Main Plaza to participate in the first Intercollegiate Protest for Death Penalty Truth. The event was designed to protest against Texas’ use of capital punishment, encouraging action among college students to imagine the feelings associated […]

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Last Minute Appeal for Additional DNA Testing on Behalf of Hank Skinner

As the March 24, 2010 execution date for Hank Skinner approaches, Skinner’s defense team has made a last minute appeal for additional DNA testing of forensic evidence found at the scene of the 1993 Pampa, TX murders. Rob Owen, of the University of Texas Capital Punishment Center and Skinner’s lead attorney, has asked the high […]

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CNN Profile of Catholic Death Row Ministry founder

In the February 2010 issue of U.S. Catholic, Frisco, Texas resident Michael Denson, founder of the Catholic Death Row Ministry was profiled. As a child, Denson’s mother wrote to prison inmates, which helped instill the lessons of Christian compassion into the now 41 year old rancher and father of two. In one such instance, Denson […]

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