U.S. Supreme Court remands case of Terence Andrus based on woefully inadequate legal representation

On Monday, June 8, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court remanded the death penalty case of Terence Andrus to Texas for further review, finding that his trial attorney provided inadequate and deficient legal representation. Among his many failings were neglecting to investigate or present readily-available mitigating evidence of Andrus’s troubled upbringing, which could have persuaded the jury to spare his life.

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Texas Death Penalty Developments in 2017: The Year in Review

Executions and death sentences remained near-historic lows in 2017, according to a new report from the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP). Texas executed only seven people in 2017, matching 2016 for the lowest number of executions in two decades, and jurors voted for death in only four cases. For the first time since 1985, Harris County was not responsible for any of this year’s executions.

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State of Texas executes TaiChin Preyor

The State of Texas executed TaiChin Preyor at 9:03 PM last night, July 27, 2017, after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his final appeal.  Preyor was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of 20-year-old Jamie Tackett in 2004 in San Antonio. Preyor received appalling legal representation during his appeals from a disbarred attorney […]

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Stay of execution granted and upheld for John Ramirez

On Tuesday, January 31, a federal district court in Corpus Christi granted a stay of execution to John Ramirez. Ramirez was scheduled to be executed on February 2, 2017 for the 2004 murder of Pablo Castro.U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos granted the stay based on Ramirez’s claims of ineffective counsel by his previous court-appointed […]

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