TCADP July 2017 Alert: Death penalty remains arbitrary, capricious, and discriminatory.

In this edition: Scheduled executions: One execution scheduled for July in Texas Anniversary of Gregg v. Georgia: 41 years later In case you missed it: Jerry Hartfield released after 35 years without a trial; Alfred Dewayne Brown sues Harris County for compensation; SCOTUS sides with Texas in Davila v. Davis Legislative update: The Texas Legislature […]

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Former Texas death row inmate Jerry Harfield finally released from prison after 35 years without a valid conviction

Jerry Hartfield was released from a Texas prison on June 12, 2017, after serving more than three decades without a valid conviction.  He had been convicted and sentenced to death for the 1976 slaying of 55-year-old Eunice Lowe in Bay City.  He allegedly confessed to the crime, “confessed, that is, the way a black man with […]

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Texas Court of Criminal Appeals halts execution of Kosoul Chanthakoummane

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) has stayed the execution of Kosoul Chanthakoummane and ordered the trial court to review claims of discredited forensic science. This marks the third case granted a stay by the CCA this year. Chanthakoummane was scheduled to be executed on July 19, 2017. Earlier this year, State District Judge Ben Smith […]

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