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TCADP Report: Use of Death Penalty Geographically Isolated, Arbitrarily Imposed in Texas

According to TCADP’s new report, Texas Death Penalty Developments in 2012: The Year in Review, more than half of all new death sentences were imposed in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex this year, while no new death sentences were imposed in Harris County for the third time in five years.

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Sanders: Time to End the Death Penalty in Texas

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram features a new piece by regular columnist Bob Ray Sanders entitled “Time to End the Death Penalty in Texas” (April 10, 2012).  In his column, Sanders cites the recent DNA exonerations in Dallas County and legislative progress towards repealing the death penalty other states as two (among many) reasons to do […]

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New Death Sentence Imposed in North Texas

On March 23, 2012, jurors in Johnson County sentenced Mark Anthony Soliz to death for the murder of 61-year-old Nancy Weatherly during a crime spree in 2010 that stretched across Johnson and Tarrant Counties.  Soliz also faces capital murder charges in Tarrant County for the murder of deliveryman Ruben Martinez, who was shot on the […]

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United Methodists Call for Abolition of the Death Penalty in Texas

The Worldwide United Methodist Church sent a message to Texas during the General Conference held in Ft. Worth, TX. The General Conference passed a resolution calling for the specific abolition of the death penalty in Texas. The United Methodist Church has had a position against the use of the death penalty for more than 50 […]