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TCADP August 2019 Alert: Texas schedules 11 executions

In this edition of our monthly newsletter, you’ll find information about two executions scheduled to occur this month , as well as updates on other death penalty cases. We also remember former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who came to oppose the death penalty, and provide details on a recent interfaith statement delivered to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

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TCADP April 2019 Alert: Exonerations, juror perspectives, and a stay for Patrick Murphy

In this edition: Scheduled executions: Two individuals set to be put to death this monthIn case you missed it: Alfred Dewayne Brown deemed “actually innocent”; Nueces County jury rejects death penalty for third time in a row; U.S. Supreme Court hears outrageous case of Curtis Flowers; two men exonerated in Florida after 43 years in prisonNew resource: […]

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U.S. Supreme Court stays execution of Patrick Murphy

Last night, more than two hours after it was set to take place, the U.S. Supreme Court stayed the execution of Patrick Murphy based on his complaint of religious discrimination.  His claim received strong support in an amicus brief from the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. In concurring in the grant of application for a […]

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U.S. Supreme Court finds Bobby Moore should be exempt from death penalty based on intellectual disability

Today, February 19, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a per curiam decision in the case of Moore v. Texas, finding that Bobby James Moore is intellectually disabled and should be exempt from the death penalty. Moore has been on death row in Texas since 1980. This is the second time the Supreme Court has […]

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State of Texas executes Troy Clark; petition for Daniel Acker still pending at U.S. Supreme Court

Last night, Wednesday, September 26, the State of Texas executed Troy Clark for the 1998 murder of Christina Muse in Tyler (Smith County).  Clark maintained his innocence until the very end.  Smith County accounts for 13 executions since 1982. It was the first of two consecutive executions scheduled this week in Texas.  Tonight, Thursday, September 27, Daniel Acker […]

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TCADP December 2017 Alert: The gift of justice

In this edition of our monthly alert, you’ll find information about the most recent stay of execution granted by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, as well as announcements related to the TCADP 2018 Annual Conference and coverage of a potential U.S. Supreme Court hearing questioning the constitutionality of the death penalty.

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U.S. Supreme Court considers Texas death penalty case of Carlos Ayestas

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Ayesta v. Davis. Carlos Ayestas is a Honduran national who was sentenced to death in Harris County in 1997 for his role in the 1995 murder of 67-year-old Santiaga Paneque during an apparent robbery. During his original trial, Ayestas’ attorneys failed to […]

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U.S. Supreme Court rules 5-4 in Davila v. Davis

Yesterday, June 19, 2017, on the final day of its October 2016 term, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Davila v. Davis, a Texas death penalty case. The Justices ruled 5-4 against Davila, finding that the Constitution does not guarantee the right to counsel in post-conviction proceedings, let alone effective assistance of counsel. According […]