State of Texas scheduled to execute James Bigby

Tonight, March 14, 2017,  the State of Texas is scheduled to execute James Bigby for the 1987 murders of Michael R. Trekell and Jayson Kehler in Tarrant County. According to his attorney, John Stickels, Bigby has no appeals pending. In 2005, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned Bigby’s death sentence after finding that the jury […]

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State of Texas executes Rolando Ruiz

The State of Texas executed Rolando Ruiz around 11:00 PM last night.  The U.S. Supreme Court delayed the execution by more than four hours as it considered three final appeals.  Ultimately, the Justices rejected those appeals with Justice Stephen Breyer dissenting. Justice Breyer’s dissent focused on Ruiz’s Lackey claim, arguing that his execution and more […]

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Stay of execution granted and upheld for John Ramirez

On Tuesday, January 31, a federal district court in Corpus Christi granted a stay of execution to John Ramirez. Ramirez was scheduled to be executed on February 2, 2017 for the 2004 murder of Pablo Castro.U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos granted the stay based on Ramirez’s claims of ineffective counsel by his previous court-appointed […]

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