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Dallas Morning News Editorial: Living without the death penalty in Texas

A new editorial from the Dallas Morning News addresses declining use of the death penalty in Texas and features excerpts from an interview with former District Attorney Tim Cole, who advocates for abolition of the death penalty.

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Family of author John Steinbeck “deeply troubled” by scheduled execution of Marvin Wilson

Texas is scheduled to execute Marvin Wilson later today for the 1992 murder of Jerry Robert Williams in Beaumont. Although Wilson has an I.Q. of 61, and the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that it is unconstitutional to execute the mentally retarded, Wilson faces lethal injection because the state of Texas uses unscientific guidelines to […]

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Dallas Morning News Editorial: Carlos DeLuna death case is unnerving

A new editorial published yesterday by the Dallas Morning News (“Carlos DeLuna death case is unnerving, “May 16, 2012) comments on the new investigation into his wrongful execution, noting that “the findings should nauseate those who trust that only the greatest care, the most professional police work, the most rigorous jury and appellate review take […]

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More Coverage of Rais Bhuiyan, Call for Clemency

The Dallas Morning News has published another editorial regarding Rais Bhuiyan’s unique call for clemency for the man who shot him in the face and killed two other individuals in Dallas and Mesquite back in 2001 (“Hate victim needs chance to reconcile with attacker,” July 19, 2011).  Mark Stroman faces execution on Wednesday, July 20 […]

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Surviving Crime Victim Sues Governor, TDCJ for Violation of Rights

For the past few months, Rhais Bhuiyan has been speaking out in opposition to the death penalty for the man who shot him, blinding his right eye and leaving bullet fragments in his face.  Texas death row inmate Mark Stroman faces a July 20 execution date for the racially-motivated killing of Vasudev Patel, an Indian of the Hindu […]

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Baylor Professor Asks "What if Jesus had been tried under Texas law?"

Mark Osler, a panelist at TCADP’s 2010 Annual Conference, former prosecutor, and current professor of law at Baylor University, is also author of “Jesus on Death Row: The Trial of Jesus and the American Capital Punishment System”. The idea for the book came after Osler decided to stage the trial of Christ under the rules […]

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The IRS and the Timothy Cole Act

Yesterday, the posthumous pardon of Timothy Cole, the namesake for the Texas Timothy Cole Act, was finally honored by Governor Rick Perry. Cole was cleared of his wrongful conviction in the sexual assault of a Texas Tech student in 2008, nine years after Cole had died in prison after asthma induced cardiac arrest. The Timothy […]

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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 […]