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Texas Attorney General Releases Partial DNA Results in Skinner Case

Today the Texas Attorney General’s Office released the partial results of DNA tests conducted this fall in the case of Henry “Hank” Skinner.  Skinner was convicted and sentenced to death for the 1993 murders of his girlfriend Twila Busby and her two developmentally disabled adult sons in Pampa, Texas.  Key pieces of evidence collected at […]

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State of Texas Executes Jonathan Green

Late last night, October 10, 2012, the State of Texas executed Jonathan Marcus Green for the 2000 rape, abduction, and murder of 12-year-old Christina Neal in Montgomery County.  The execution occurred after much legal wrangling over Green’s mental competency.  He reportedly suffered from schizophrenia, including severe hallucinations, for which he received no medication.  In 2010, […]

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5th Circuit Lifts Stay for Jonathan Green; execution could proceed.

*Update* The Associated Press is reporting that the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to stop tonight’s scheduled execution of Jonathan Green, clearing the way for it to proceed.  This will be the 10th Texas execution in 2012. Previous post: The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has lifted the stay for Jonathan Green, reinstating today’s […]

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State of Texas Agrees to DNA Testing for Hank Skinner

On Friday, June 1, the State of Texas filed an advisory with the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in which it agreed to DNA testing for death row inmate Hank Skinner.   Read more in the Texas Tribune. Rob Owen, attorney for Hank Skinner and Visiting Clinical Professor, Northwestern University School of Law, issued the […]

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District Court Denies DNA Testing for Skinner

Today, a District Court in Gray County denied Hank Skinner’s petition for DNA testing of key evidence collected at the crime scene.   Here is a statement from his attorney, Rob Owen: Statement from Attorney for Hank Skinner in Response to Denial of DNA Testing Motion by Trial Court in Gray County, Texas “We are […]

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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 […]