More than five months pass since last execution in Texas

The death penalty landscape continues to shift in Texas, with no executions occurring here since April 6, 2016.  The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA), the state’s highest criminal court, has stopped the last four scheduled executions; it also halted two other executions earlier in the summer.  According to Chuck Lindell with the Austin American-Statesman, […]

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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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Texas Court of Criminal Appeals stays execution of Robert Pruett

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has stayed the execution of Robert Pruett “pursuant to the appeal pending in the DNA case.”  Pruett was scheduled to be executed on August 23rd despite significant doubts about the reliability of his conviction.  He has steadfastly maintained his innocence in the murder of Corrections Officer Daniel Nagle in the […]

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