In this edition of our monthly newsletter, you’ll find updates on exonerations in Texas and nationwide, as well as a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning a conviction due to egregious racial bias in the jury selection process. We also mark the anniversary of the Court’s decision, Gregg v. Georgia, which paved the way for the resumption of executions in this country.
Last night, April 24, 2019, the State of Texas executed John William King after the U.S. Supreme Court denied his request for a stay. He was put to death for his role in the racially-motivated dragging death of James Byrd, Jr. in 1998. Earlier in the week, a divided Texas Court of Criminal Appeals denied […]
Yesterday, Monday, April 22, 2019, a divided Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) denied John William King’s application for a writ of habeas corpus and motion for a stay of execution based on a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles unanimously rejected his application for clemency and a 120-day […]
In this edition: Scheduled executions: Two individuals set to be put to death this monthIn case you missed it: Alfred Dewayne Brown deemed “actually innocent”; Nueces County jury rejects death penalty for third time in a row; U.S. Supreme Court hears outrageous case of Curtis Flowers; two men exonerated in Florida after 43 years in prisonNew resource: […]
Today, by a vote of 7 to 0, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles rejected Patrick Murphy’s request for the commutation of his death sentence or, in the alternative, a 90-day reprieve in order to await legislation that has been filed in the 86th Texas Legislature. Murphy is scheduled to be executed by the State of […]