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50 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned all existing death penalty laws in Furman v. Georgia

Today, June 29, 2022, marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision Furman vs. Georgia (1972), which overturned all existing death penalty laws in effect at the time. In Furman, the Justices ruled that the death penalty system, as it was being administered, was arbitrary, capricious, and discriminatory. Justice Potter Stewart said death sentences were as […]

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TCADP June 2022 Newsletter: Exciting virtual events this month

In this edition  Scheduled executions: Texas Attorney General’s Office opposes date withdrawal for John Ramirez; Harris County judge declines to set an execution date for Arthur Brown In case you missed it: U.S. Supreme Court guts federal review of cases involving poor legal representation; Amnesty International reports on use of the death penalty worldwide; Texas Court […]

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TCADP May 2022 Newsletter: Ending the “cycle of futility”

In this edition Scheduled executions: State of Texas carries out its first execution in more than six months; Texas Court of Criminal Appeals grants a stay to Melissa Lucio In case you missed it: Nueces County District Attorney calls the death penalty “unethical”; forensic science reformers and exonerees file briefs in support of Robert Roberson; […]

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TCADP April 2022 Newsletter: The spectacle of two unjust executions

In this edition Scheduled executions: Texas set to execute a 78-year-old man and a wrongfully convicted woman this month In case you missed it: Texas court overturns conviction and death sentence of Joseph Colone; Tarrant County prosecutors remove death penalty as a punishment option on the eve of trial; U.S. Supreme Court upholds the religious […]

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Support Clemency for Carl Wayne Buntion

The State of Texas is scheduled to execute Carl Wayne Buntion, who just turned 78 and has spent more than 30 years on death row, on April 21, 2022. Buntion was convicted and sentenced to death in 1991 for killing Houston Police Officer James Irby. Eighteen years later, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ordered […]

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Sister Helen Prejean to keynote TCADP 2022 Annual Conference this Saturday, February 26, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                    Tuesday, February 22, 2022 CONTACT: Kristin Houlé Cuellar, TCADP Executive Director512-552-5948 (cell); kristin@tcadp.org@TCADPdotORG #TCADP2022 Author and activist Sister Helen Prejean to address TCADP Annual Conference Virtual event will honor five individuals & feature representatives of states that have abolished the death penalty in last three years (Austin, Texas) — Advocates from across Texas […]

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New Report from TCADP: Texas Death Penalty Developments in 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2021, 12:01 AM EASTERN CONTACT: Kristin Houlé Cuellar, Executive Director512-552-5948 (cell)kristin@tcadp.org   www.tcadp.org@TCADPdotORG #TXDP2021 Texas’s death penalty mired in a mess of its own making as inconsistencies, dysfunction continue to plague systemMore than three-fourths of scheduled executions in Texas halted in 2021 because of intellectual disability or religious freedom claims Austin, Texas – […]

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TCADP November 2021 Newsletter: Judge declines to recommend new trial for Rodney Reed, despite evidence of innocence

In this edition: Scheduled executions: All three November execution dates in Texas have been withdrawn  Case updates: Judge declines to recommend a new trial for Rodney Reed, who maintains his innocence; Dallas judge recommends new trial for Randy Halprin in light of outrageous anti-Semitic bias; journalist reflects on the life of Texas death row survivor […]