Coverage of Supreme Court denial to hear Hood’s Appeal

On Monday, April 19, 2010, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear arguments in the case of Charles Dean Hood and his 1990 death sentence which was prosecuted by a district attorney engaged in a sexual extra-martial affair with the presiding judge. Judge Verla Sue Holland presided over the trial while Tom O’Connell, then […]

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The Impact of Hank Skinner’s Case Before the Supreme Court

On Monday, April 19th, the United States Supreme Court is expected to decide if they will hear the case of Hank Skinner. Accepting the case would mean an indefinite stay of Skinner’s execution, with opening oral arguments taking place next Fall. If the Court rejects Skinner’s case, he could face possible execution in the next […]

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Texas Forensic Science Commission to reopen Willingham case

The Texas Forensic Science Commission is set to meet on April 23, 2010 in Irving, Texas to discuss the number of cases put on hold since Governor Perry’s decision late last year to replace four members on the nine member commission, including commission chairman Sam Bassett with Williamson County district attorney John Bradley. One such […]

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Death Penalty Sentence in Harris County Marks First Such Sentence Since 2007

Harris County juries sentenced Mabry Landor III to death row this week in the fatal shooting of Houston Police officer Timothy Abernethy. Jurors deemed Landor as posing a future threat to society and thus opted for a death sentence. Landor’s capital punishment sentence is the third this year in Texas and the first death sentence […]

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UT Law Presents: The American Death Penalty in the 21st Century

The University of Texas School of Law’s Capital Punishment Center will host a conference on legislative developments concerning the American death penalty on April 9–10. “The American Death Penalty in the Twenty-first Century: the Direction of Legislative Change and the Prospects for Legislative Abolition” will bring together lawyers and lawmakers from around the country to […]

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Hearing Scheduled in Judge Keller Conduct Case

The State Commission on Judicial Conduct has set a June 18 hearing for Judge Sharon Keller, presiding judge for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and the women responsible for refusing to stay in the office after 5PM so paperwork could be filed to stay the execution of Michael Richard based on the U.S. Supreme […]

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The Death Penalty in California

The American Civil Liberties Union issued a report on March 29, 2010 regarding the use of capital punishment in California. The report “Death Decline in 2009: Los Angeles Holds California Back as Nation Shifts to Permanent Imprisonment” found a number of startling facts regarding the death penalty in the nation’s most populous state, including the […]

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