The State of Texas executed Robert Sparks on September 25 after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his final appeal. Although Justice Sonia Sotomayor agreed with the decision to deny a stay of execution, she noted she found it “deeply troubling” that a bailiff was allowed to wear a tie depicting a syringe during Sparks’ trial. […]
For the second time this year, a Texas jury has rejected the death penalty in a capital murder trial. Today, after several hours of deliberation, a Denton County sentenced Daniel Greco to life without the possibility of parole after finding him guilty of capital murder. According to the Denton Record-Chronicle, the jury responded “no” on […]
On Monday, September 23, 2019, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) stopped the execution of Stephen Barbee in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in McCoy v. Louisiana (2018). The Justices ruled in McCoy that “a defendant has the right to insist that counsel refrain from admitting guilt, even when counsel’s experience-based view is that confessing […]
Last night, September 10, the State of Texas carried out its sixth execution of the year, putting Mark Anthony Soliz to death for the murder of Nancy Weatherly during a crime spree in Johnson and Tarrant Counties in 2010. During his last words, he apologized to the Weatherly family.
More than 100 Jewish attorneys, the American Jewish Committee, and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism have filed an amicus brief with the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in support of a new trial for Randy Halprin. Halprin is scheduled to be executed on October 10, 2019, despite the fact that no court has considered the impact of the judge’s anti-Semitic prejudice against him during his 2003 trial.