Action Alert: Request a Reprieve for Anthony Bartee

On February 28, 2012, Anthony Bartee may be put to death by the State of Texas, even though the Bexar County Criminal Investigation Laboratory still has not tested pieces of DNA evidence that were collected from the crime scene. Even after being ordered to test this evidence by Trial Judge Mary Román, neither the Bexar […]

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Duane Buck Seeks Reprieve from Governor Perry

Last night, attorneys for Duane Buck filed a request for a 30-day reprieve from Governor Rick Perry on behalf of Duane Buck, his family, Senator Rodney Ellis, former Assistant District Attorney Linda Geffin and surviving victim Phyllis Taylor.  Here’s an excerpt from the request: The State of Texas should not condone any form of racial discrimination […]

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Prosecutor in Duane Buck Case Urges Stay of Execution

Today, Linda Geffin, a former Harris County Assistant District Attorney who served as second-chair prosecutor in the capital murder trial of Duane Buck in 1997, called on local and state officials to stay his execution.  In her letter to Governor Rick Perry, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, Attorney General Greg Abbott, and Harris […]

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Houston Chronicle Calls for Halt to Duane Buck Execution

Today’s Houston Chronicle features an editorial calling for a halt to the execution of Duane Buck, who has a September 15 execution date (“Halt execution where race tainted judgment,” September 8, 2011).  Here’s an excerpt: Buck’s guilt in the shooting deaths of his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend is not in doubt. In Texas, however, homicides […]

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Surviving Victim Supports Clemency for Duane Buck

Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 7, attorneys for Texas death row inmate Duane Buck will hold a press conference to urge clemency for their client.  Mr. Buck is scheduled for execution on September 15 despite clear and compelling evidence that his race was used to persuade the jury to sentence him to death.  Read the media advisory […]

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September Alert: Executions and Local Special Events

Sign the petition for clemency for Duane Buck, get tickets for the Champions of Justice celebration in Houston, read current news and developments on the death penalty, learn about resources developed for Respect Life month, and see what is happening in your area over the next two months!

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Clemency Petition for Duane Buck Alleges Racial Bias

Yesterday, August 31, attorneys for Duane Edward Buck filed a clemency petition with the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, seeking their intervention in his September 15 execution date.  They also are asking the Harris County District Attorney’s Office and the Attorney General of Texas to intervene and withdraw Mr. Buck’s execution date. Mr. Buck was […]

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