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Hearing Scheduled in Judge Keller Conduct Case

The State Commission on Judicial Conduct has set a June 18 hearing for Judge Sharon Keller, presiding judge for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and the women responsible for refusing to stay in the office after 5PM so paperwork could be filed to stay the execution of Michael Richard based on the U.S. Supreme […]

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Former Governor Mark White Speaks Out Against Hood Case

Mark White served as the state of Texas’ attorney general from 1979-1983 and as governor from 1983-1987 during which time he oversaw 19 executions. In 2009, the former governor was quoted in both the Houston Chronicle and Dallas Morning News regarding his waning support of the death penalty in light of wrongful executions and a […]

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Justice and Conviction Rates; Additional Coverage of Hank Skinner

The question of convicting the innocent has become all too common a topic in recent months. In October an explosive article by The New Yorker gave life once again to Cameron Todd Willingham, a death row inmate executed in 2004 for a crime he quiet possibly did not commit; on March 1 Governor Rick Perry […]

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News Coverage of Supreme Court Stay of Hank Skinner’s Execution

An hour before he was sentenced to die yesterday, Hank Skinner received a stay of execution by the U.S. Supreme Court. The stay was a temporary halting of the execution to allow the High Court more time to consider Skinner’s appeal to release evidence from the 1993 murder scene of Twila Busby; DNA testing of […]

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Larry King Live Coverage of Hank Skinner

On Wednesday, March 24, 2010, three hours after Hank Skinner received a stay of execution by the United States Supreme Court, Larry King Live featured the Skinner trial on the nightly news program. Featured on the show was Brandi Grisham, reporter for the Texas Tribune, who interviewed Hank Skinner in January 2010; Jason Clark, a […]

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Board of Pardon and Paroles and the Case of Hank Skinner

As the execution date for Hank Skinner quickly approaches, the avenues for which the convicted murder of Twila Busby and her two adult sons, are diminishing. Despite maintaining his innocence and the overwhelming push by various entities for additional DNA testing of forensic evidence left at the scene of the murders, the March 24, 2010 […]

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Charles Hood Receives New Sentencing Trial

Charles Dead Hood was convicted in the 1989 fatal shootings of 26-year-old Tracie Lynn Wallace and 46-year-old Ronald Williamson. For the last two years, upon discovery of substantial evidence and later sworn testimony, that uncovered the romantic relationship between former Collin County District Attorney Thomas O’Connell Jr and the presiding judge Verla Sue Holland, Hood […]

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Hank Skinner Refused Hearing by the U.S. Supreme Court

On Monday, March 1, 2010, the United States Supreme Court refused to hear the case against Texas death row inmate Hank Skinner. The case was denied a hearing without comment; Skinner’s execution is scheduled for March 24, 2010. Houston Chronicle reporter Allan Turner reports that the petition submitted before the U.S. Supreme Court asked for […]