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.
Today’s Fort Worth Star-Telegram features an editorial on last week’s execution of Humberto Leal and the implications for the rule of law (“U.S. treaty promises must mean what they say,” July 14, 2011). The editorial notes that “Though his case is over, that shouldn’t remove the urgency of Congress approving legislation to make clear that […]
Humberto Leal Garcia was executed Thursday evening, July 7 and pronounced dead at 6:21pm. Read the full story from the Chicago Tribune. Statement of Former U.S. Diplomats, July 7, 2011 Regarding the Execution of Humberto Leal Garcia “The United States was founded on a commitment to the rule of law, and we believe it still […]
The following statement is attributed to Sandra L. Babcock, attorney for Humberto Leal Garcia: “Today the United States stumbled in its commitment to the rule of law. Mr. Leal, tragically, will suffer the consequences. He will be executed tonight, despite the fact that his right to consular assistance was violated. If he had had the […]
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The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles has denied Humberto Leal Garcia’s request for a reprieve and/or commutation. The vote for a reprieve was 4-1, the vote for commutation was 5-0. Here is a statement from Mr. Leal’s attorney, Sandra Babcock: The following statement is attributed to Sandra L. Babcock, attorney for Humberto Leal Garcia: “The Texas Board of Pardons and […]
Today, July 1, the United States Solicitor General urged the U.S. Supreme Court to stay the execution of Humberto Leal Garcia. Leal, a Mexican national, is scheduled to be executed by the State of Texas on Thursday, July 7, 2011, barring a stay from the U.S. Supreme Court or a favorable recommendation of clemency from the […]
Today’s Houston Chronicle features an editorial that calls for a stay of execution for Humberto Leal, in light of legislation pending in Congress that would allow federal courts to review death penalty cases involving foreign nationals who were denied the right to contact their consular offices (“Keeping our word: Scheduled Texas execution violates treaty and endangers […]