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State of Texas executes Quintin Jones in spite of pleas from victim’s family

Update, 8:30 PM, May 19, 2021: Tonight, the State of Texas executed Quintin (“Quin”) Jones despite the pleas for mercy from his great-aunt Mattie Long, who is the sister of the victim, Berthena Bryant, as well as an outpouring of support from people worldwide touched by Quin’s heart wrenching appeal for his own life. As the first execution to occur […]

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Bobby Moore, who spent 40 years on death row, granted parole

Bobby Moore was removed from death row in December 2019 after years of legal wrangling and two reversals by the U.S. Supreme Court related to his intellectual disability, which made him ineligible for execution. Yesterday – 40 years after a Harris County jury sentenced him to death – he was granted parole by the Texas […]

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Update: Texas Court of Criminal Appeals stays execution of Rodney Reed

Just hours after the the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles unanimously recommended a 120-day reprieve for Rodney Reed, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals granted Reed an indefinite stay of execution.

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Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles rejects clemency for Chris Young

BREAKING: Today, July 13, 2018, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, by a vote of xxx, rejected Christopher Anthony Young’s application for clemency.  Young faces execution by the State of Texas on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. Earlier this year, the Board unanimously recommended clemency for Thomas Whitaker, a white man convicted of masterminding the […]

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Victim’s son opposes execution of Chris Young

Today, June 26, 2018, counsel for Christopher (Chris) Anthony Young filed an application for clemency with the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles asking for a recommendation that his sentence be commuted or a 120-day reprieve be issued.  The State of Texas seeks to execute Mr. Young on July 17, 2018. Here is the link […]

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Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles votes unanimously to recommend clemency for Thomas Whitaker

Today, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles voted unanimously to recommend clemency for Thomas Whitaker.  It is an exceptionally rare decision for the Board, whose members are appointed by the Governor.  It is now up to Texas Governor Greg Abbott to decide whether to accept their recommendation. Since 1976, the Board of Pardons and […]

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Take action to stop the wrongful execution of Robert Pruett

The State of Texas seeks to execute Robert Pruett on August 23rd despite significant doubts about the reliability of his conviction.  Pruett has steadfastly maintained his innocence in the murder of Corrections Officer Daniel Nagle in the McConnell Unit in Beeville, Texas in 1999. No physical evidence connects him with the crime, and recent DNA […]

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Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles rejects clemency for Scott Panetti

Breaking: This afternoon, despite widespread support from the country’s and Texas’ leading mental health organizations, dozens of conservative and Evangelical leaders, the American Bar Association and hundreds of other prominent individuals and organizations, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles unanimously voted, 7-0, to deny a commutation recommendation for Scott Panetti, a man who has suffered […]