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International Coverage of Death Penalty Decline Rates in Texas

With the Supreme Court stay of Hank Skinner’s execution on March 24, 2010 much attention has been drawn to the capital punishment system in Texas and recent trends which may suggest a slow death of the institution. An article by BBC News “Is the death penalty on death row?” (March 30, 2010) cites the steady […]

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In-depth Look at Recent Death Penalty Trends in Texas

The Crime Report, an independent non-partisan medium for issues relating to crime and justice, published an article on March 7, 2010 called “The Death Penalty in Texas: A Change in Heart?” The article focuses on recent trends in Texas regarding the decreasing number of death sentences across the state, most notably in Harris County. Harris […]

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San Antonio Convicted Murderer Spared the Death Penalty

On Wednesday, March 3, 2010 Joe Estrada, Jr. was spared a death sentence and instead sentenced to life in prison without parole. Estrada, convicted in the murder of a San Antonio restaurateur, was only 18 years old when he killed Viola Barrios in 2008. The defense argued to the jury that Estrada was born with […]