State of Texas Executes Tommy Lynn Sells After High Court Refuses to Intervene

The State of Texas carried out the execution of Tommy Lynn Sells this evening, after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his last appeal.  Sells  was convicted of killing thirteen-year-old Kaylene Harris in an attack on her and a friend at a home near Del Rio in Val Verde County in 1999.  Eleven-year-old Krystal Surles survived and testified […]

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Former Texas Governor, President of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition Call for Justice in Case of Edgar Tamayo

Two opinion-editorials published this week – one by Rev. Gabriel Salguero, president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition, and another by former Texas Governor and Attorney General Mark White – call for justice in the case of Edgar Tamayo.  Both pieces cite the diplomatic conundrum that his case poses. Tamayo is scheduled to be executed by […]

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New Report Shows Use of the Death Penalty Concentrated in 2% of Counties Nationwide

Today, October 2, 2013, the Death Penalty Information Center released a new report, The 2% Death Penalty: How a Minority of Counties Produce Most Death Cases at Enormous Costs to All. The report shows that, contrary to the assumption that the death penalty is widely used nationwide, only a few jurisdictions employ capital punishment extensively. […]

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