TCADP Press Release: Did Texas Execute an Innocent Man?

A book-length article published today in the Columbia University Human Rights Law Review sheds new light on the case of Carlos DeLuna – who was executed by the State of Texas on December 7, 1989 for the 1983 murder of convenience store clerk Wanda Lopez in Corpus Christi – and seeks to answer haunting questions as to whether he was in fact innocent of this crime.

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New “Wrongful Execution” Webpage

In light of the developments in the Carlos Deluna case as highlighted on www.thewrongcarlos.net, TCADP has responded by creating a new Wrongful Execution webpage listing information on at least three known cases of probable wrongful execution:  Carlos DeLuna, Claude Jones, and Cameron Todd Willingham. Learn more about these Texas cases and how you can get […]

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Two New Op-Eds Call for Abolition of Death Penalty

This week, two major Texas newspapers featured op-eds calling for the abolition of the death penalty. In the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (“‘Myth of violence’ drives capital punishment,” May 1, 2012), Reverend Bernard Kern (a new member of the TCADP Board of Directors), describes support for the death penalty as part of the “myth of redemptive […]

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Houston Chronicle Calls for Abolition of the Death Penalty

The editors of the Houston Chronicle began the new year with a call to end the death penalty in Texas.  In an editorial that appeared on January 1, 2011, “It’s time for capital punishment to become Texas history,” the Chronicle cites awareness of the risk of wrongful conviction and the fact that jurors and prosecutors […]

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TCADP Annual Report: Only 2% of Texas Counties Imposed Death Sentences This Year

Today, December 13, 2010, the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP) released its annual report, Texas Death Penalty Developments in 2010: The Year in Review. TCADP releases this annual report each December in conjunction with the anniversary of the resumption of executions in Texas in 1982.

According to the report, death sentences in Texas have dropped more than 70% since 2003, reaching a historic low in 2010. Juries condemned eight new individuals to death in Texas in 2010, the lowest number of new death sentences since the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Texas’ revised death penalty statute in 1976.

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Host a Frontline Watch Party

On the evening of October 19, the television program “Frontline,” which airs on PBS, will feature the Willingham case (check your local listings for the exact air time). “Death by Fire” will examine all of the evidence used to convict Willingham and will seek to answer the question of whether Texas executed an innocent man. Sign up now to host a viewing party! TCADP will provide you with materials and action ideas for you and your guests.

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Editorials and Update on Cameron Todd Willingham

Rodger Jones, an editorial writer with the Dallas Morning News, is reporting on the Texas Death Penalty Blog that the Texas Forensic Science Commission has not endorsed a final report on the Cameron Todd Willingham investigation but rather has decided to invite a number of experts to attend a special meeting on November 19.  Recent […]

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