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50 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned all existing death penalty laws in Furman v. Georgia

Today, June 29, 2022, marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision Furman vs. Georgia (1972), which overturned all existing death penalty laws in effect at the time. In Furman, the Justices ruled that the death penalty system, as it was being administered, was arbitrary, capricious, and discriminatory. Justice Potter Stewart said death sentences were as […]

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TCADP June 2022 Newsletter: Exciting virtual events this month

In this edition  Scheduled executions: Texas Attorney General’s Office opposes date withdrawal for John Ramirez; Harris County judge declines to set an execution date for Arthur Brown In case you missed it: U.S. Supreme Court guts federal review of cases involving poor legal representation; Amnesty International reports on use of the death penalty worldwide; Texas Court […]

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TCADP May 2022 Newsletter: Ending the “cycle of futility”

In this edition Scheduled executions: State of Texas carries out its first execution in more than six months; Texas Court of Criminal Appeals grants a stay to Melissa Lucio In case you missed it: Nueces County District Attorney calls the death penalty “unethical”; forensic science reformers and exonerees file briefs in support of Robert Roberson; […]

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TCADP April 2022 Newsletter: The spectacle of two unjust executions

In this edition Scheduled executions: Texas set to execute a 78-year-old man and a wrongfully convicted woman this month In case you missed it: Texas court overturns conviction and death sentence of Joseph Colone; Tarrant County prosecutors remove death penalty as a punishment option on the eve of trial; U.S. Supreme Court upholds the religious […]

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TCADP January 2022 Newsletter: Starting the year on the right note – with no executions in Texas this month

In this edition Scheduled executions: No executions set in Texas for January or February TCADP 2022 Annual Conference: Don’t miss keynote speaker, Sister Helen Prejean! In case you missed it: Death penalty developments in 2021; a radio station at the Polunsky Unit; new filing for Rodney Reed; important commentary on two Texas death penalty cases […]

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State of Texas executes Rick Rhoades

Update, 9/29/21: The State of Texas executed Rick Rhoades last night after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to issue a stay. Rhoades’ attorneys had sought juror information that might have called into question the fairness of his 1992 trial. Rhoades is the third person put to death in Texas this year. Four more executions are […]

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TCADP February 2021 Newsletter: Case updates, legislative developments, and upcoming events

In this edition of our monthly newsletter, you’ll find information on legislative developments around the country, case updates related to intellectual disability and junk science, and guidance on how you can take action to stop the scheduled execution of Edward Busby. You’ll also find announcements related to our next webinar and book group meeting and the TCADP 2021 Annual Conference later this month.

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TCADP July 2020 Newsletter: “Future dangerousness” and the Texas death penalty

In this edition  Reflections on race and “future dangerousness” in the Texas death penalty Scheduled executions: State of Texas seeks to execute Billy Joe Wardlow for a crime he committed 27 years ago at the age of 18; federal government sets four execution dates Case updates: Bobby Moore, who spent 40 years on death row, […]