The State of Texas executed Robert Sparks on September 25 after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his final appeal. Although Justice Sonia Sotomayor agreed with the decision to deny a stay of execution, she noted she found it “deeply troubling” that a bailiff was allowed to wear a tie depicting a syringe during Sparks’ trial. […]
Last night, September 10, the State of Texas carried out its sixth execution of the year, putting Mark Anthony Soliz to death for the murder of Nancy Weatherly during a crime spree in Johnson and Tarrant Counties in 2010. During his last words, he apologized to the Weatherly family.
More than 100 Jewish attorneys, the American Jewish Committee, and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism have filed an amicus brief with the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in support of a new trial for Randy Halprin. Halprin is scheduled to be executed on October 10, 2019, despite the fact that no court has considered the impact of the judge’s anti-Semitic prejudice against him during his 2003 trial.
The State of Texas executed Billy Crutsinger on September 4, 2019 after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his final appeal and motion for a stay. He was the 5th person put to death by the state this year and the 14th nationwide. The State of Texas has scheduled 10 more executions over the next three […]
The State of Texas executed Larry Swearingen this evening after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his final appeal. He is the 4th person put to death in Texas in 2019 and the 12th nationwide. The Death Penalty Information Center will add him to the informal list of persons executed in the United States with substantial doubts as to their guilt.
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 […]