Tonight, January 26, 2017, Terry Edwards is scheduled to be put to death for the 2002 murders of Tommy Walker and Mickell Goodwin in Dallas County. His May 2016 execution date was […]
Today, TCADP released its year-end report, Texas Death Penalty Developments in 2016: The Year in Review. The report provides in-depth information on new death sentences, executions, and stays; reduced sentences; judicial developments; public opinion; and other issues affecting the administration of justice in Texas.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has issued a stay of execution for John Battaglia, who was scheduled to be put to death next week on December 7. The court is reviewing a recent decision by a state district judge deeming Battaglia mentally competent to be executed. No more executions are scheduled to take place in 2016; Texas will end the year with the fewest executions in two decades.
In this edition of our monthly alert, you’ll find information about the last execution scheduled to take place in Texas this year, as well as announcements related to the TCADP 2017 Annual Conference and coverage of a recent U.S. Supreme Court hearing about intellectual disabilities in a Texas death penalty case.
Important decisions in two North Texas death penalty-related cases were announced last Friday: A State District Judge in Dallas determined that John Battaglia is mentally competent to be executed, while a Tarrant County jury imposed a new death sentence for the first time in more than two years.
In this edition of our monthly newsletter, you’ll find a recap of recent death penalty developments, including commentary on the national momentum towards abolition. Save the date for our 2017 Faith Leader Advocacy Day on the Death Penalty and join us for the TCADP 2017 Annual Conference in Austin!
Today, Harvard Law School’s Fair Punishment Project released Part II of its report, Too Broken to Fix: An In-depth Look at America’s Outlier Death Penalty Counties, which provides an in-depth look at how the death penalty is operating in the handful of counties across the country that are still using it, including Dallas County, Texas.
TCADP will co-host two events with social justice pioneer Shane Claiborne in Dallas and Fort Worth on September 27th and 28th. Claiborne will speak about his new book, Executing Grace: How the Death Penalty Killed Jesus and Why It’s Killing Us. In the book, he not only shares the grim statistics of a faulty justice system, but also the faces and stories of survivors of crime, murder victims’ families, prisoners, pastors, prosecutors, the exonerated, and even executioners.