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Texas Court of Criminal Appeals halts execution of Ruben Gutierrez

The fourth and final execution scheduled to occur in Texas in October has been stayed (the three other execution dates were stayed or withdrawn, as well). Earlier today, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals granted a stay to Ruben Gutierrez.

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October 2019 Alert: “The Penalty” comes to Texas

In this edition of our monthly newsletter, you’ll find information about scheduled executions in Texas, including the cases of Randy Halprin and Rodney Reed. Also, check the tour schedule to find out if the powerful documentary film “The Penalty” will be screening in your community this fall.

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TCADP June 2019 Alert: 21 states have abandoned the death penalty

In this edition of our monthly alert, you’ll learn about the most recent state to abandon the death penalty. There’s also a legislative recap and details about special events this month in Dallas and Houston.

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One execution stayed, another execution date withdrawn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 […]