Execution Date to be Withdrawn for Man with Severe Mental Illness

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, State District Judge Wayne Salvant plans to withdraw the execution date he set for Steven Staley in order to conduct yet another hearing to determine whether he is mentally competent to be executed.  Staley had been scheduled for execution by the State of Texas on December 1. Staley was […]

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Two Denials to DNA Testing and One Upheld Conviction Maintain Number of Inmates on Texas Death Row

On Wednesday, February 9, 2010 the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals denied additional DNA testing and upheld convictions for three death row inmates. The Dallas Morning News (2-10- 2010) reported on the request for additional DNA testing by Larry Swearingen and Humberto Leal as well as the upheld death sentence for Adam Kelly Ward. Larry […]

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More on the Panetti Decision

StandDown Texas has posted all of the national and state-based media coverage of the Panetti decision. Go to http://standdown.typepad.com/.So what happens now to Scott Panetti? Well, the justices found that a lower federal appeals court had improperly interpreted Supreme Court precedent when they decided Panetti was sane enough to be executed. They said the 5th […]

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