Last night, more than two hours after it was set to take place, the U.S. Supreme Court stayed the execution of Patrick Murphy based on his complaint of religious discrimination. His claim received strong support in an amicus brief from the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. In concurring in the grant of application for a […]
Today, by a vote of 7 to 0, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles rejected Patrick Murphy’s request for the commutation of his death sentence or, in the alternative, a 90-day reprieve in order to await legislation that has been filed in the 86th Texas Legislature. Murphy is scheduled to be executed by the State of […]
Alfred Dewayne Brown was declared “actually innocent” today by the Harris County District Attorney’s (DA) Office. DA Kim Ogg accepted the findings of a special prosecutor appointed by her office in May 2018 to investigate the case. Brown was released from death row in 2015 after prosecutors dismissed the charges against him. In 2014, the Texas Court of […]
In this edition of our monthly alert, you’ll find information about Texas executions, U.S. Supreme Court developments, updates on the 86th Texas Legislature, and details on special events taking place around the state.