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Texas Attorney General Releases Partial DNA Results in Skinner Case

Today the Texas Attorney General’s Office released the partial results of DNA tests conducted this fall in the case of Henry “Hank” Skinner.  Skinner was convicted and sentenced to death for the 1993 murders of his girlfriend Twila Busby and her two developmentally disabled adult sons in Pampa, Texas.  Key pieces of evidence collected at […]

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July 2012 Alert: Four Executions Over Next Two Months

In This Edition: Reflection on the Gregg Anniversary Scheduled Executions Upcoming Events Recent News Announcements Calendar Reflection on the Gregg Anniversary Today, July 2, 2012, marks the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision Gregg v. Georgia (1976), which upheld the new death penalty statutes of several states (including Texas) and paved the way for […]

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Both Sides in Skinner Case Ask High Court for DNA Testing

Statement from Rob Owen in Response to Tuesday’s Filing of a Joint Motion to Vacate and Remand in the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals “We are pleased to have reached an agreement that finally secures DNA testing in this case, but there remains reason for grave concern. It appears that no DNA testing will be […]

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State of Texas Agrees to DNA Testing for Hank Skinner

On Friday, June 1, the State of Texas filed an advisory with the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in which it agreed to DNA testing for death row inmate Hank Skinner.   Read more in the Texas Tribune. Rob Owen, attorney for Hank Skinner and Visiting Clinical Professor, Northwestern University School of Law, issued the […]

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TCADP 2011 Annual Report: Texas Carries Out Fewest Executions Since 1996

Today, December 15, 2011, the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP) released its annual report, Texas Death Penalty Developments in 2011: The Year in Review. According to the report, executions in Texas dropped to the lowest number since 1996 and death sentences remained at a historic low level this year.

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Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Grants Stay to Hank Skinner

We just received confirmation that the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) has issued a stay of execution for Hank Skinner. The order from the CCA states that “the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Chapter 64, which provides for DNA testing, has undergone several changes since its creation, but those changes have never been reviewed in […]

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Skinner Appeals to Texas Governor Rick Perry for 30-Day Reprieve

Today, November 7, 2011, attorneys for Texas death row inmate Hank Skinner appealed to Governor Rick Perry to use his authority to grant a one-time, 30-day reprieve so that Skinner “can obtain the DNA testing that he has pursued for more than a decade, and which could resolve once and for all longstanding and troubling questions about the reliability of the verdict in his case.”

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Jury Foreman Calls for DNA Testing for Hank Skinner

Among the many voices calling for DNA testing for Hank Skinner is Danny Stewart, who served as the jury foreman in the original trial.  Read a letter to the editor from Mr. Stewart that appeared on Sunday, November 6, 2011 in the Dallas Morning News: Re: “Skinner Case: Test It All — Refusal of DNA […]