The State of Texas executed Larry Swearingen this evening after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his final appeal. He is the 4th person put to death in Texas in 2019 and the 12th nationwide. The Death Penalty Information Center will add him to the informal list of persons executed in the United States with substantial doubts as to their guilt.
In this edition of our monthly newsletter, you’ll find information about two executions scheduled to occur this month , as well as updates on other death penalty cases. We also remember former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who came to oppose the death penalty, and provide details on a recent interfaith statement delivered to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
In this edition of our monthly newsletter, you’ll find updates on exonerations in Texas and nationwide, as well as a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning a conviction due to egregious racial bias in the jury selection process. We also mark the anniversary of the Court’s decision, Gregg v. Georgia, which paved the way for the resumption of executions in this country.
Last night, April 24, 2019, the State of Texas executed John William King after the U.S. Supreme Court denied his request for a stay. He was put to death for his role in the racially-motivated dragging death of James Byrd, Jr. in 1998. Earlier in the week, a divided Texas Court of Criminal Appeals denied […]
Yesterday, Monday, April 22, 2019, a divided Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) denied John William King’s application for a writ of habeas corpus and motion for a stay of execution based on a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles unanimously rejected his application for clemency and a 120-day […]