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TCADP January 2022 Newsletter: Starting the year on the right note – with no executions in Texas this month

In this edition Scheduled executions: No executions set in Texas for January or February TCADP 2022 Annual Conference: Don’t miss keynote speaker, Sister Helen Prejean! In case you missed it: Death penalty developments in 2021; a radio station at the Polunsky Unit; new filing for Rodney Reed; important commentary on two Texas death penalty cases […]

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New Report from TCADP: Texas Death Penalty Developments in 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2021, 12:01 AM EASTERN CONTACT: Kristin Houlé Cuellar, Executive Director512-552-5948 (cell)kristin@tcadp.org   www.tcadp.org@TCADPdotORG #TXDP2021 Texas’s death penalty mired in a mess of its own making as inconsistencies, dysfunction continue to plague systemMore than three-fourths of scheduled executions in Texas halted in 2021 because of intellectual disability or religious freedom claims Austin, Texas – […]

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TCADP December 2021 Newsletter: Ending the year with a renewed call for justice

In this edition: Scheduled executions: No executions set for Texas until March 2022 In case you missed it: U.S. Supreme Court considers whether individuals have the right to spoken prayers and physical comfort in the execution chamber; Gallup poll measures declining support for the death penalty; former Bexar County District Attorney calls for DNA testing […]

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TCADP October 2021 Newsletter: Meet our new Deputy Director and take action to stop another Texas execution.

In this edition: Scheduled executions: State of Texas set to execute Stephen Barbee on October 12 – take action today Announcements: Introducing Hanna Seay, TCADP’s new Deputy Director; accepting nominations for our Annual Awards In case you missed it: Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overturns conviction and death sentence of Clinton Young due to egregious ethical […]

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State of Texas executes Rick Rhoades

Update, 9/29/21: The State of Texas executed Rick Rhoades last night after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to issue a stay. Rhoades’ attorneys had sought juror information that might have called into question the fairness of his 1992 trial. Rhoades is the third person put to death in Texas this year. Four more executions are […]

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U.S. Supreme Court stays execution of John Ramirez

Around 9:00 PM Central Time on September 8, 2021 – three hours after he was scheduled to be put to death – the U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay of execution to John Ramirez. The Justices also granted his petition for certiorari, which means it will consider the issues raised in Ramirez’s appeal relating to […]

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Texas Department of Criminal Justice once again denies free exercise of religion; complaint filed by John Ramirez

Although COVID cases are once again surging across the country, the State of Texas appears determined to move forward with seven executions over the next three months. On September 8, 2021, the State is scheduled to execute John Ramirez. It is the third execution date he has faced in recent years. A September 2020 date was withdrawn […]

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State of Texas executes John Hummel

Tonight, June 30, 2021, the State of Texas executed John Hummel. Ten years ago, he was convicted of killing his wife, Joy Hummel, and his father-in-law, Clyde Bedford. Hummel, who is an honorably discharged Marine, had no history of violence prior to the terrible night of December 17, 2009. His behavior while incarcerated undermined the jury’s determination […]