On March 30, 2010 Amnesty International published their annual report “Death Sentence and Executions 2009”. The report covers worldwide development of the death penalty including countries that carried out executions, new death sentences, and the movement toward abolishment of the practice. The report details the 18 countries in which executions took place in 2009. The […]
Mark White served as the state of Texas’ attorney general from 1979-1983 and as governor from 1983-1987 during which time he oversaw 19 executions. In 2009, the former governor was quoted in both the Houston Chronicle and Dallas Morning News regarding his waning support of the death penalty in light of wrongful executions and a […]
On March 5, 2010, a Nueces County jury sentenced Daniel Lopez to death for the 2009 murder of Corpus Christi Police Officer, Stuart Alexander. Lopez is the second new death conviction of 2010.
With the Supreme Court stay of Hank Skinner’s execution on March 24, 2010 much attention has been drawn to the capital punishment system in Texas and recent trends which may suggest a slow death of the institution. An article by BBC News “Is the death penalty on death row?” (March 30, 2010) cites the steady […]
On Friday, March 26 2010, dozens of San Antonio college and university students from the metropolitan area, gathered on the Main Plaza to participate in the first Intercollegiate Protest for Death Penalty Truth. The event was designed to protest against Texas’ use of capital punishment, encouraging action among college students to imagine the feelings associated […]
The question of convicting the innocent has become all too common a topic in recent months. In October an explosive article by The New Yorker gave life once again to Cameron Todd Willingham, a death row inmate executed in 2004 for a crime he quiet possibly did not commit; on March 1 Governor Rick Perry […]
George Parnham, a criminal defense lawyer, wrote an article in the March 26, 2010 issue of the Houston Chronicle on the mental health pilot reform project, Houston Police Department’s Chronic Consumer Stabilization Initiative or CCSI, in Houston. The program, which began in February 2009, was established to provide more intensive case management for 30 individuals […]
An hour before he was sentenced to die yesterday, Hank Skinner received a stay of execution by the U.S. Supreme Court. The stay was a temporary halting of the execution to allow the High Court more time to consider Skinner’s appeal to release evidence from the 1993 murder scene of Twila Busby; DNA testing of […]