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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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"Time for Texas to kill death penalty" reports University of Houston student newspaper

A March 1, 2010 article in the University of Houston student newspaper The Daily Cougar sites the misconceptions regarding the effectiveness, cost, and ethics behind the administering of the death penalty in Texas. “To be clear, justice is something everyone wants. No perfect system exists, but Texans should demand solutions from their elected officials within […]

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Prosecutors Urge for Punishment of Judge Sharon Keller

“Effort to Remove Judge Resumes”, Austin American Statesman, Chuck Lindell On Wednesday, February 17, 2010, prosecutors objected to a report which said Judge Sharon Keller broke no law in 2007 when she refused to accept a last minute appeal to stop the execution of Michael Richard. Prosecutors argue that Keller deserves to be reprimanded or […]

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Media response to recommendation not to reprimand Judge Keller

Steve Hall of the StandDown Texas Project has compiled a list of news stories related to last week’s recommendation by San Antonio District Judge David Berchelmann that the state’s highest criminal judge, Sharon Keller, should be neither removed from office nor reprimand for her conduct in a 2007 death penalty case. A brief history on […]