In this edition of our monthly e-newsletter, you’ll find updates on several Texas death penalty cases, as well as the results of the Kinder Institute’s latest Houston Area Survey, which finds that 73% of Houstonians support alternatives to the death penalty.
The case of Duane Buck has cast a national spotlight on race and the Texas death penalty for the past month, for good reason: his death sentence is the unconstitutional product of racial discrimination. He was condemned to death after his own trial attorneys inexplicably introduced testimony from a psychologist who stated that Mr. Buck was more likely to be dangerous in the future because he is Black. His case, Buck v. Stephens, is now on appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In this edition of our monthly e-newsletter, you’ll find case updates and a new investigation into the wrongful execution of Ruben Cantu in 1993. This edition also includes a call for nominations for our annual Appreciation, Courage, and Media Awards.
Today, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the appeal of Texas death sentenced prisoner, Duane Buck. Mr. Buck is seeking a new, fair sentencing hearing, free of racial bias. At his capital sentencing, Mr. Buck’s trial attorneys presented an expert who testified that Mr. Buck would be more likely to be dangerous in the future because he is Black.
More than two dozen Evangelical Christian leaders in Texas and across the country are calling on Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson to allow a new, fair sentencing hearing for Duane Buck and to refrain from setting a new execution date, in the wake of Wednesday’s decision by a splintered Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to dismiss Mr. Buck’s appeal..
Today, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals denied Duane Buck’s appeal for a new, fair sentencing hearing free from racial bias. With today’s decision, Texas has once again reneged on the clear and unequivocal promise made by former Texas Attorney General (now U.S. Senator) John Cornyn that Mr. Buck would not face execution based on […]
Read about the three upcoming executions scheduled for July, the press coverage of TCADP and Texas’ 500th Execution, case updates on Rigoberto Avila, Jr. and Duane Buck, the TCADP 2013 membership drive as well as coming events in July in Austin, El Paso, and Calhoun County. Extend the reach of this alert and share on your social media sites!
Racial bias has no place in the administration of justice – tell that to Harris County, Texas. Duane Buck, sentenced to death in Harris County in 1997, may soon be at risk of execution despite the fact that his death sentence is the clear product of racial discrimination. A powerful new video — narrated by former Texas […]