Disabilities Advocate, State Legislator Join Calls to Stop the Execution of Marvin Wilson

Over the weekend, a number of media outlets featured calls to stop the execution of Marvin Wilson.  The State of Texas is scheduled to execute Wilson on Tuesday, August 7, for the 1992 murder of Jerry Robert Williams in Beaumont.  Advocates contend that his execution should be prohibited by the 2002 U.S. Supreme Court decision […]

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Dallas County Judge Rules Death Penalty Unconstitutional, Later Recused

On December 19, 2011, during a pre-trial hearing in the Dallas County capital murder case of Roderick Harris, state District Judge Teresa Hawthorne ruled that Texas’ death penalty statute is unconstitutional, leading to death sentences that are arbitrarily and capriciously sought.  According to a summary of the court’s findings, Judge Hawthorne provided the following reasons […]

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Prosecutor in Duane Buck Case Urges Stay of Execution

Today, Linda Geffin, a former Harris County Assistant District Attorney who served as second-chair prosecutor in the capital murder trial of Duane Buck in 1997, called on local and state officials to stay his execution.  In her letter to Governor Rick Perry, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, Attorney General Greg Abbott, and Harris […]

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Firestorm Surrounding Judge Fine’s Ruling on the Death Penalty in Texas

On March 4, 2010 State District Judge Kevin Fine of Harris County, ruled that Article 37.071 of the Texas Code of Criminal Appeals, the state’s death penalty statute, was unconstitutional and thus could not be sought by prosecutors in the capital murder case against John Green. In Judge Fine’s ruling he held that innocent people […]

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