Texas Monthly: Trials and Errors

The June issue of Texas Monthly magazine features a fascinating discussion that took place recently among some of the most pivotal players in our state’s criminal justice system.  Jake Silverstein, the editor of Texas Monthly, sat down with six individuals to talk about Texas’ abysmal record of wrongful convictions and to ask these questions: Why does […]

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Statement from Humberto Leal’s Lawyer

The following statement is attributed to Sandra L. Babcock, attorney for Humberto Leal Garcia: “Today the United States stumbled in its commitment to the rule of law.  Mr. Leal, tragically, will suffer the consequences.  He will be executed tonight, despite the fact that his right to consular assistance was violated.  If he had had the […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Urged to Stay Execution of Humberto Leal Garcia

On Monday, Humberto Leal Garcia’s attorneys and the Mexican government jointly appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to stay Leal’s execution. Three judges on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals issued a concurring opinion which stated that the pardons board and Governor Perry should stay Mr. Leal’s execution.

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Court of Inquiry Ruling Postponed

On October 14, 2010, State District Judge Charlie Baird convened a court of inquiry into whether Cameron Todd Willingham was wrongfully executed and whether or not state officials committed a crime in how they handled his case prior to the execution.

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Op Ed: Addressing the Causes of Wrongful Convictions

On Sunday, September 5, 2010, the Houston Chronicle featured a must-read op ed from State Senator Rodney Ellis and Cory Session, the policy director for the Innocence Project of Texas and the brother Timothy Cole.  The op ed addresses the recent recommendations issued by the Timothy Cole Advisory Panel on Wrongful Convictions.  According to Ellis and […]

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Advisory Panel on Wrongful Convictions Issues Recommendations

The Timothy Cole Advisory Panel on Wrongful Convictions recently concluded its work to study the prevention of wrongful convictions. The panel was established by the state legislature in 2009 and named in memory of Timothy Cole, who died in prison while serving time for a crime he did not commit. Cole was later exonerated by […]

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Charles Hood Receives New Sentencing Trial

Charles Dead Hood was convicted in the 1989 fatal shootings of 26-year-old Tracie Lynn Wallace and 46-year-old Ronald Williamson. For the last two years, upon discovery of substantial evidence and later sworn testimony, that uncovered the romantic relationship between former Collin County District Attorney Thomas O’Connell Jr and the presiding judge Verla Sue Holland, Hood […]

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Commentary on GOP Gubernatorial comment for moratorium on death penalty

On February 14, 2010, the San Antonio Express News ran the following statement by Debra Medina, in which the GOP gubernatorial candidate for Texas called for a moratorium on the death penalty. “Medina: Hold off on executions” Debra Medina met with the Houston Chronicle editorial board Friday. Amiddiscussion of a range of topics large and […]

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