In this edition: Scheduled executions: Six Texas executions currently scheduled for the Fall of 2021 Case updates: Ruben Gutierrez, who faces execution in October, continues to seek DNA testing; Rodney Reed returns to court to prove his innocence In case you missed it: U.S. Attorney General imposes a moratorium on federal executions; TCADP featured in “Justice looks […]
In this edition Scheduled executions: Four executions currently scheduled for the Fall of 2021 In case you missed it: Documentary film The Phantom renews scrutiny of the wrongful execution of Carlos DeLuna; Raymond Riles resentenced after 45 years on death row; 75% of Dallas voters prefer alternatives to the death penalty; questions remain as to why media witnesses were excluded […]
Tonight, June 30, 2021, the State of Texas executed John Hummel. Ten years ago, he was convicted of killing his wife, Joy Hummel, and his father-in-law, Clyde Bedford. Hummel, who is an honorably discharged Marine, had no history of violence prior to the terrible night of December 17, 2009. His behavior while incarcerated undermined the jury’s determination […]
Dallas voters strongly support alternatives to the death penalty, according to a recent poll conducted by the independent research firm Public Policy Polling. When asked which punishment they prefer for people convicted of first-degree murder, 75% of respondents opted for a sentence of life in prison with a possibility of parole after 20 or 40 years or life […]
In this edition of our monthly newsletter, you will find information about John Hummel, an honorably discharged Marine who faces execution by the State of Texas on June 30. You can also read about recent and upcoming events, including a webinar focused on what happened on death penalty related bills at the 87th Texas Legislature.
Update, 8:30 PM, May 19, 2021: Tonight, the State of Texas executed Quintin (“Quin”) Jones despite the pleas for mercy from his great-aunt Mattie Long, who is the sister of the victim, Berthena Bryant, as well as an outpouring of support from people worldwide touched by Quin’s heart wrenching appeal for his own life. As the first execution to occur […]
In this edition: Scheduled executions: Have you signed the petition in support of clemency for Quintin Jones? Case updates: Courts recommend new trials for two individuals and overturn death sentences in two other Texas capital cases, including for the longest-serving individual on death row In case you missed it: Texas Department of Criminal Justice will allow clergy in […]
Amnesty International recently released its annual Global Report: Death Sentences and Executions 2020, which updates key figures on the use of capital punishment worldwide. Overall, executions and death sentences dropped significantly worldwide in 2020. The United States continued to be the only Western country to carry out executions. While COVID-19 created notable obstacles for executions, […]