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Texas Court of Criminal Appeals stays execution of Kwame Rockwell

Today, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals stayed the execution of Kwame Rockwell, finding that a Texas trial court was in error in ruling that Mr. Rockwell failed to meet the threshold showing required for funds for a mental health expert.  Rockwell was scheduled to be put to death next Wednesday, October 24, 2018. Following […]

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Fifth Circuit Rules in Favor of Scott Panetti

On Tuesday, July 11, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit returned Scott Panetti’s case to the federal district court with orders to appoint counsel, authorize funds for investigative and expert assistance, and allow adequate time to prepare a habeas corpus petition raising the claim that Mr. Panetti is currently incompetent to […]

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Texas Court of Criminal Appeals stays December 7th execution of John Battaglia

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has issued a stay of execution for John Battaglia, who was scheduled to be put to death next week on December 7. The court is reviewing a recent decision by a state district judge deeming Battaglia mentally competent to be executed. No more executions are scheduled to take place in 2016; Texas will end the year with the fewest executions in two decades.

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TCADP December 2016 Alert: Announcing the 2017 Award Recipients

In this edition of our monthly alert, you’ll find information about the last execution scheduled to take place in Texas this year, as well as announcements related to the TCADP 2017 Annual Conference and coverage of a recent U.S. Supreme Court hearing about intellectual disabilities in a Texas death penalty case.

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North Texas death penalty case updates

Important decisions in two North Texas death penalty-related cases were announced last Friday: A State District Judge in Dallas determined that John Battaglia is mentally competent to be executed, while a Tarrant County jury imposed a new death sentence for the first time in more than two years.

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Take action to stop the unjust execution of Jeff Wood

The State of Texas is scheduled to execute Jeff Wood on August 24, despite the fact that he did not kill anyone. Wood was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death under Texas’s “law of parties” after another man, Daniel Reneau, robbed and killed convenience store clerk Kris Keeran in Kerrville in 1996. Reneau, who […]

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TCADP August 2016 Alert: Demanding justice

In this edition of our monthly alert, you’ll find information about the three executions scheduled to occur in Texas this month and an opportunity to take action to stop the execution of Jeff Wood, who was sentenced to death under the Texas Law of Parties. You’ll also find a preview of some exciting events we’re hosting this fall.

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TCADP May 2016 Alert: End of death penalty “past due”

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.