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Breaking News: U.S. Supreme Court Grants Stay to Cleve Foster

The U.S. Supreme Court has  granted a stay to Cleve Foster (scheduled for execution in Texas tonight, April 5) pending the disposition of his petition for rehearing the order denying cert in January.  That petition raised issues regarding the constitutional adequacy of state habeas counsel and related claims of innocence and ineffective assistance of counsel. […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Hank Skinner

This morning (March 7, 2011), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Texas death row inmate Hank Skinner can pursue his request for DNA testing through the federal Civil Rights Act.  Skinner came within an hour of execution one year ago before the Court granted him a last-minute stay.  Key pieces of evidence collected at the […]

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First Texas Execution of 2011 Postponed

On January 11, Cleve Foster, the first person scheduled to be executed in Texas in 2011, received a last-minute stay from the U.S. Supreme Court.  He was convicted of the 2002 murder of Nyaneur “Mary” Pal.  The Court did not give a reason for the stay. Read more. You can read the Supreme Court order at: http://www.supremecourt.gov/orders/courtorders/011111zr.pdf […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Considers Access to DNA Testing

Today, October 13, 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court is considering the case of Skinner v. Switzer, in which the Justices will determine whether Texas death row inmate Hank Skinner can seek access to post-conviction DNA testing through the Civil Rights Act.  Texas officials have refused to release key pieces of evidence gathered at the crime […]

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The New York Times Opinion on Supreme Court’s Decision in the Case of Charles Dean Hood

The New York Times wrote an editorial piece this week regarding last week’s decision by the United States Supreme Court’s denial to hear the case of Charles Dean Hood. Hood was convicted of murder in 1990 and sentenced to death; however, the prosecuting district attorney and judge in Hood’s trial had recently ended a romantic […]

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Coverage of Supreme Court denial to hear Hood’s Appeal

On Monday, April 19, 2010, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear arguments in the case of Charles Dean Hood and his 1990 death sentence which was prosecuted by a district attorney engaged in a sexual extra-martial affair with the presiding judge. Judge Verla Sue Holland presided over the trial while Tom O’Connell, then […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Denies Cert for Charles Hood

Today the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear arguments in the case of Charles Hood, a Texas death row inmate. This case has garnered national attention from numerous attorneys and legal ethicists because of the troubling questions it raises as to whether Hood received a fair trial. Andrea Keilen, Director of Texas Defender Service, which […]

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The Impact of Hank Skinner’s Case Before the Supreme Court

On Monday, April 19th, the United States Supreme Court is expected to decide if they will hear the case of Hank Skinner. Accepting the case would mean an indefinite stay of Skinner’s execution, with opening oral arguments taking place next Fall. If the Court rejects Skinner’s case, he could face possible execution in the next […]