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Duane Buck Seeks Reprieve from Governor Perry

Last night, attorneys for Duane Buck filed a request for a 30-day reprieve from Governor Rick Perry on behalf of Duane Buck, his family, Senator Rodney Ellis, former Assistant District Attorney Linda Geffin and surviving victim Phyllis Taylor.  Here’s an excerpt from the request: The State of Texas should not condone any form of racial discrimination […]

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Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles Denies Clemency to Duane Buck; Steven Woods Scheduled for Execution Tonight

This afternoon, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles recommended against clemency for Duane Buck. The following is a statement from Kate Black, attorney for  Mr. Buck: “The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles’ recommendation against granting clemency to Duane Buck fails to recognize what the highest legal officer in the State of Texas had acknowledged: No one […]

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Prosecutor in Duane Buck Case Urges Stay of Execution

Today, Linda Geffin, a former Harris County Assistant District Attorney who served as second-chair prosecutor in the capital murder trial of Duane Buck in 1997, called on local and state officials to stay his execution.  In her letter to Governor Rick Perry, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, Attorney General Greg Abbott, and Harris […]

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Surviving Victim Supports Clemency for Duane Buck

Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 7, attorneys for Texas death row inmate Duane Buck will hold a press conference to urge clemency for their client.  Mr. Buck is scheduled for execution on September 15 despite clear and compelling evidence that his race was used to persuade the jury to sentence him to death.  Read the media advisory […]

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Clemency Petition for Duane Buck Alleges Racial Bias

Yesterday, August 31, attorneys for Duane Edward Buck filed a clemency petition with the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, seeking their intervention in his September 15 execution date.  They also are asking the Harris County District Attorney’s Office and the Attorney General of Texas to intervene and withdraw Mr. Buck’s execution date. Mr. Buck was […]

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Judge Declaration of Death Penalty as Unconstitutional Raises Additional Concern

Galveston County Daily News published an article on March 9, 2010 criticizing those who have spoke out against state District Judge Fine’s ruling that the death penalty is unconstitutional in Texas. From other district level judges on through the governor himself, critics of the pretrial ruling have cited a variety of reasons as to why […]