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More on the July 18 Scheduled Execution of Yokamon Hearn

A new article by Andrew Cohen that appears in The Atlantic (“A Day in the Life of the Death Penalty: July 18, 2012,” July 12, 2012) draws parallels between two executions scheduled to take place next Wednesday – one here in Texas and one in Georgia.  Here’s an excerpt: Next Wednesday, July 18, reckons to be […]

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State of Texas Executes Milton Mathis

Last night, the State of Texas executed Milton Mathis for the 1998 murders of Travis Brown and Daniel Hibbard in Fort Bend County.  He was 19 years old at the time of the crime.  This was the sixth execution to take place in Texas this year, out of 23 nationwide. Mathis was executed despite compelling […]

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Former Governor Mark White Calls for Review for Milton Mathis

In an op-ed appearing today in the Dallas Morning News (“Justice demands a review in Texas death penalty case,” June 17, 2011), former Texas Governor Mark White calls for a federal review in the case of Milton Mathis, who is scheduled to be executed by the State of Texas next Tuesday, June 21, 2011, unless […]

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Houston Chronicle Editorial on Milton Mathis

Today’s Houston Chronicle includes an editorial on the case of Milton Mathis, who is scheduled to be executed by the State of Texas on June 21, despite overwhelming evidence of his mental retardation (“Let’s avoid a travesty: Court must act swiftly before Texas executes a mentally retarded individual,” June 9, 2011). As the Chronicle notes, […]

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More on Discredited Expert Testimony

Over the weekend, the Houston Chronicle published an editorial  calling for a review of the cases involving death row inmates who were evaluated for evidence of mental retardation by psychologist Dr. George Denkowski (“Fatal Errors,” May 7, 2011).  Last month, the state Board of Examiners of Psychologists reprimanded Denkowski for his unproven and unscientific methods and […]

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Texas Psychologist Banned from Criminal Cases

Last week, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists reprimanded psychologist George Denkowski for his unscientific testing methods in evaluating whether certain defendants in capital murder cases were intellectually disabled (and therefore ineligible for the death penalty).  As an expert witness in dozens of cases, Dr. Denkowski reportedly artificially inflated intelligence scores and deviated […]