Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Overturns Conviction of Manuel Velez

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has overturned the conviction of Manuel Velez, who was sentenced to death in Cameron County in 2008 for the murder of one-year-old Angel Gabriel Moreno. The baby was the child of Velez’s new girlfriend, Acela Moreno, who served five years of a ten-year sentence for her role in the […]

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TCADP August 2013 Texas Death Penalty Alert: No Summer Siesta for Abolition Efforts

In this edition: Check out the TCADP Summer 2013 Newsletter, read about the FBI’s investigation into potentially faulty science in 27 death penalty cases, hear Anthony Graves’ perspective on solitary confinement, and look for upcoming events in your area – including a Sister Helen Prejean visit in September.

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Abolitionists Gather in Austin for 2013 Annual Conference

(Austin, Texas) — More than 150 activists and supporters from across Texas will gather this Saturday, February 23, 2013 at St. Edward’s University in Austin for the annual conference of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP). This event, “Changing the Conversation,” will feature workshops and a panel discussion on how instances of wrongful convictions and evidence of wrongful executions are changing the conversation on the death penalty.

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Swearingen Case Back in Court

Texas death row inmate, Larry Swearingen, has been given a chance to introduce evidence that he claims will prove his innocence of the murder of Melissa Trotter. Testimony began Monday, February 27, in a Montgomery County district court and is expected to focus on the role that scientific evidence played in Swearingen’s conviction.  The Texas Court […]

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Elected Officials, Former Judges, Prosecutors and Law Enforcement Officers Call for DNA Testing for Hank Skinner

Today, former judges, prosecutors and law enforcement officers, along with current and former elected officials from Texas, delivered a letter to state officials calling on them not to execute Mr. Skinner until that DNA testing can be performed. The letter was sent to Governor Rick Perry, Attorney General Greg Abbott and Gray County District Attorney Lynn Switzer.

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