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intellectual disabilities Stay of execution Tarrant County

One execution stayed, another execution date withdrawn

Late in the day on Friday, October 5, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) stayed the execution of Juan Segundo based on a claim of intellectual disability.  He was […]

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New report from National Registry of Exonerations: 139 wrongfully convicted individuals exonerated in 2017

According to a new report from the National Registry of Exonerations, 139 wrongfully convicted individuals were exonerated in 2017. This includes four people who had been sentenced to death. The leading cause in last year’s exonerations was official misconduct, particularly concealing exculpatory evidence.

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State of Texas executes Robert Pruett

Tonight, October 12, 2017, the State of Texas executed Robert Pruett after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his two remaining appeals.  Pruett steadfastly maintained his innocence of the 1999 murder […]

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More than five months pass since last execution in Texas

The death penalty landscape continues to shift in Texas, with no executions occurring here since April 6, 2016.  The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA), the state’s highest criminal court, […]

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Texas Court of Criminal Appeals stays execution of Robert Pruett

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has stayed the execution of Robert Pruett “pursuant to the appeal pending in the DNA case.”  Pruett was scheduled to be executed on August 23rd […]

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Take action to stop the wrongful execution of Robert Pruett

The State of Texas seeks to execute Robert Pruett on August 23rd despite significant doubts about the reliability of his conviction.  Pruett has steadfastly maintained his innocence in the murder […]

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Clifton Williams Receives Stay of Execution

Clifton Williams received a stay hours before his scheduled execution. He was scheduled to be put to death July 16, 2015 for the 2005 murder of a 93-year-old woman at […]

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Robert Pruett Receives Stay of Execution

Robert Pruett has received a stay of execution to allow for more DNA testing of evidence.  He was scheduled to be put to death this evening for the 1999 murder of […]