Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles Denies Clemency to Duane Buck; Steven Woods Scheduled for Execution Tonight

This afternoon, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles recommended against clemency for Duane Buck. The following is a statement from Kate Black, attorney for  Mr. Buck: “The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles’ recommendation against granting clemency to Duane Buck fails to recognize what the highest legal officer in the State of Texas had acknowledged: No one […]

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Prosecutor in Duane Buck Case Urges Stay of Execution

Today, Linda Geffin, a former Harris County Assistant District Attorney who served as second-chair prosecutor in the capital murder trial of Duane Buck in 1997, called on local and state officials to stay his execution.  In her letter to Governor Rick Perry, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, Attorney General Greg Abbott, and Harris […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Urged to Stay Execution of Humberto Leal Garcia

On Monday, Humberto Leal Garcia’s attorneys and the Mexican government jointly appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to stay Leal’s execution. Three judges on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals issued a concurring opinion which stated that the pardons board and Governor Perry should stay Mr. Leal’s execution.

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News Sources Continue to Call for Additional Time for DNA Testing in Skinner’s Looming Execution

After the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles denied Hank Skinner’s request for a reprieve, the death row inmate now has only two avenues in which to plead his case for additional DNA testing before tomorrow’s scheduled execution, the United States Supreme Court and Governor Rick Perry. A variety of news sources, local, statewide, and […]

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Board of Pardon and Paroles and the Case of Hank Skinner

As the execution date for Hank Skinner quickly approaches, the avenues for which the convicted murder of Twila Busby and her two adult sons, are diminishing. Despite maintaining his innocence and the overwhelming push by various entities for additional DNA testing of forensic evidence left at the scene of the murders, the March 24, 2010 […]

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Arizona DNA Laboratory Offers Free Testing in Skinner Case

Hank Skinner is scheduled to be executed on March 24, 2010. After the most recent denial by the Court of Criminal Appeals for a stay of execution, Skinner’s life now weighs in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court, the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole, and Governor Rick Perry. The most contested issue in […]

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Governor Perry Issued First Posthumous Pardon on Eve of Election

On Monday, March 1, 2010, on the eve of the gubernatorial election, Rick Perry issued the state of Texas’ first posthumous pardon to Tim Cole. Cole was convicted in the 1985 rape of a Texas Tech University student in Lubbock. In 2001, at the age of 39, Cole died in prison after an asthma attack […]

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