Today, April 8, 2019, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ordered a stay of execution for Mark Robertson. He was scheduled to be put to death on Thursday, April 11, after more than 28 years on death row in Texas. According to the Texas Tribune, “His appellate lawyers asked the Texas court to stop his […]
Last night, more than two hours after it was set to take place, the U.S. Supreme Court stayed the execution of Patrick Murphy based on his complaint of religious discrimination. His claim received strong support in an amicus brief from the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. In concurring in the grant of application for a […]
Update as of 1:30 PM: The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) has stopped the state’s first scheduled execution of the year, pointing to changes in bite mark science and laws regarding intellectual disability and the death penalty, per the Texas Tribune. The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2017 ruling in Moore v. Texas found the state of […]
Death sentences remained near historic low levels in Texas in 2018, yet the state’s capital punishment system is still plagued by racial bias, geographical disparities, and fundamental unfairness, according to a new report from the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP). The number of death sentences and executions in 2018 was consistent with lower use of the death penalty in Texas over the last 10 years. New death sentences remained in the single digits for the ninth time in ten years, with Texas juries condemning seven individuals to death. All seven men sentenced to death in Texas in 2018 are people of color.
Today, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals stayed the execution of Kwame Rockwell, finding that a Texas trial court was in error in ruling that Mr. Rockwell failed to meet the threshold showing required for funds for a mental health expert. Rockwell was scheduled to be put to death next Wednesday, October 24, 2018. Following […]