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Two New Op-Eds Call for Abolition of Death Penalty

This week, two major Texas newspapers featured op-eds calling for the abolition of the death penalty. In the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (“‘Myth of violence’ drives capital punishment,” May 1, 2012), Reverend Bernard Kern (a new member of the TCADP Board of Directors), describes support for the death penalty as part of the “myth of redemptive […]

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San Antonio Express-News: “Justice is the real death row issue”

An  editorial in the San Antonio Express-News, “Justice is the Real Death Row Issue,” (September 28, 2011), addresses a recent decision by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to no longer provide “last meals” to those facing imminent execution.  The change came at the request of Texas State Senator John Whitmire, the chair of the […]

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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 […]

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Commentary on GOP Gubernatorial comment for moratorium on death penalty

On February 14, 2010, the San Antonio Express News ran the following statement by Debra Medina, in which the GOP gubernatorial candidate for Texas called for a moratorium on the death penalty. “Medina: Hold off on executions” Debra Medina met with the Houston Chronicle editorial board Friday. Amiddiscussion of a range of topics large and […]