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September 2012 Alert: Two Scheduled Executions; Upcoming Events You Won’t Want to Miss, and Opportunities for Involvement

In This Edition: Scheduled Executions Recent News Upcoming Events Announcements Calendar Executions The State of Texas is scheduled to execute Robert Harris on September 20, 2012, for the 2000 murders of former co-workers Rhoda Wheeler and Augustin Villasenor at the Mi-T-Fine Car Wash in Dallas from which he had been fired three days earlier. Three other […]

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Texas Honors National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 22-28

Every April in communities across the U.S., crime victims, victim 
advocates, criminal justice professionals and the general public 
commemorate National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. For 30 years Texas 
has been a leader in the victims’ rights movement. Next week, communities across the state will be observing National Crime Victims’ Rights Week with vigils and other types of events.

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Abolitionists Gather in San Antonio for Annual Conference

More than 120 anti-death penalty advocates from across Texas will gather this Saturday, February 18, 2012 at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio for the annual conference of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP). This event, “Seizing the Momentum – Creating the Climate for Change,” will feature workshops and a panel discussion on the impact of Texas’ changing demographics on the death penalty.

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Today is National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims

Today, September 25th, marks the fifth annual observance of National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims.  This day honors the memory of homicide victims and acknowledges the resulting long-term trauma for their families, communities, and the nation. In the words of J.B. Van Hollen, the Attorney General for Wisconsin: The National Day of Remembrance for Murder […]

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State of Texas Executes Mark Stroman

The State of Texas executed Mark Stroman last night, July 20, 2011, after a three-hour delay while courts considered a final appeal from his surviving shooting victim, Rais Bhuiyan.  Stroman was pronounced dead at 8:53 p.m.  He was sentenced to death for the racially-motivated killing of Vasudev Patel, an Indian of the Hindu faith who owned a […]

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More Coverage of Rais Bhuiyan, Call for Clemency

The Dallas Morning News has published another editorial regarding Rais Bhuiyan’s unique call for clemency for the man who shot him in the face and killed two other individuals in Dallas and Mesquite back in 2001 (“Hate victim needs chance to reconcile with attacker,” July 19, 2011).  Mark Stroman faces execution on Wednesday, July 20 […]

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Surviving Crime Victim Sues Governor, TDCJ for Violation of Rights

For the past few months, Rhais Bhuiyan has been speaking out in opposition to the death penalty for the man who shot him, blinding his right eye and leaving bullet fragments in his face.  Texas death row inmate Mark Stroman faces a July 20 execution date for the racially-motivated killing of Vasudev Patel, an Indian of the Hindu […]

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Crime Victim Calls for Forgiveness

Texas death row inmate Mark Stroman faces a July 20 execution date for the racially-motivated killing of Vasudev Patel, an Indian of the Hindu faith who owned a gas station and convenience store in Mesquite.  The murder occurred in the wake of the September 11, 2011 attacks in New York City.  Now,  surviving shooting victim Rais Bhuiyan […]