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DNA testing works, but not if we fail to utilize it

By SAM MILLSAP March 9, 2010, 9:24PM – The Houston ChronicleLast week, Gov. Rick Perry granted the state’s first posthumous pardon to a man who was innocent of a crime for which he had spent 13 years in prison. DNA testing cleared Tim Cole of a rape he did not commit, but unfortunately it came […]

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Judge Declaration of Death Penalty as Unconstitutional Raises Additional Concern

Galveston County Daily News published an article on March 9, 2010 criticizing those who have spoke out against state District Judge Fine’s ruling that the death penalty is unconstitutional in Texas. From other district level judges on through the governor himself, critics of the pretrial ruling have cited a variety of reasons as to why […]

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Additional Coverage of Hank Sinner’s Upcoming Execution

Two weeks ago Hank Skinner, convicted in the 1993 murder of then girlfriend Twila Busby and her two adult sons, was issued a stay of execution till March 24, 2010. Issues regarding his possible innocence continues to surround the upcoming execution, contingent on a final petition by Skinner and his lawyers for the DNA testing […]

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Governor Perry Issued First Posthumous Pardon on Eve of Election

On Monday, March 1, 2010, on the eve of the gubernatorial election, Rick Perry issued the state of Texas’ first posthumous pardon to Tim Cole. Cole was convicted in the 1985 rape of a Texas Tech University student in Lubbock. In 2001, at the age of 39, Cole died in prison after an asthma attack […]

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Hank Skinner Refused Hearing by the U.S. Supreme Court

On Monday, March 1, 2010, the United States Supreme Court refused to hear the case against Texas death row inmate Hank Skinner. The case was denied a hearing without comment; Skinner’s execution is scheduled for March 24, 2010. Houston Chronicle reporter Allan Turner reports that the petition submitted before the U.S. Supreme Court asked for […]

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Interview with Dr. Protess, advocate of additional DNA testing for Hank Skinner

On February 16, 2010 Dr. Protess, a professor at Northwest University and the director of the Medill Innocence Project, spoke with Rachael Clark of the Houston Independent Media Center regarding the upcoming execution of Hank Skinner. Protess, along with a group of students involved with the Project, have questioned Skinner’s guilt and are advocates of […]

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Judge Speaks Out Against Court Flaws

In recent years the flaws of both forensic science and the criminal justice system in Texas have come under fire. Retired Judge H. Lee Sarokin, writing for the Huffington Post, speaks out against the denying of additional DNA testing, citing Hank Skinner as a prime example of a flawed criminal justice system. “Thwarting Justice by […]

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Larry Swearingen loses appeal at the Court of Criminal Appeals

As reported yesterday, Larry Swearingen lost his request for additional DNA testing with the Court of Criminal Appeals. The Texas Observer wrote the following piece on Swearingen’s possible innocence. “Possibly Innocent Man Loses Another Appeal” by Dave Mann (February 11, 2010): Larry Swearingen lost another appeal yesterday. This wasn’t all that surprising. For one, The […]