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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, […]

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U.S. Supreme Court remands case of Terence Andrus based on woefully inadequate legal representation

On Monday, June 8, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court remanded the death penalty case of Terence Andrus to Texas for further review, finding that his trial attorney provided inadequate and deficient legal representation. Among his many failings were neglecting to investigate or present readily-available mitigating evidence of Andrus’s troubled upbringing, which could have persuaded the jury to spare his life.

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U.S. Supreme Court stays the execution of Ruben Gutierrez

Just an hour before he was scheduled to be executed by the State of Texas, Ruben Gutierrez received a stay from the U.S. Supreme Court. Gutierrez had asked the U.S. Supreme Court to halt his execution in order to consider his request to allow a Christian chaplain in the execution chamber, a request that was […]

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Ruben Gutierrez seeks 30-day stay from Governor Greg Abbott; appeal also pending with U.S. Supreme Court

Today, Ruben Gutierrez, who is scheduled to be executed by the State of Texas on Tuesday at 6 p.m. CT, asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stay his execution in order to consider his request to allow a Christian chaplain in the execution chamber, a request that was routine in hundreds of Texas executions until April 2019, when the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) changed the rules. The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops filed an amicus brief in support of Gutierrez.

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TCADP May 2020 Newsletter: COVID-19 continues to impact use of death penalty in Texas

This edition of our monthly newsletter addresses the continued impact of COVID-19 on use of the death penalty and prison conditions in Texas. It also includes updates on cases involving intellectual disability claims, federal executions, and use of the death penalty worldwide.