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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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SCOTUS Likely to Find Racial Bias in Case of Duane Buck

On October 5, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments describing racial bias in the death penalty case of Duane Buck. Duane Buck was condemned to death in 1997, after his own trial attorneys inexplicably introduced testimony and a report from a psychologist, Dr. Walter Quijano, stating that Mr. Buck was more likely to be dangerous […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Case of Duane Buck Involving Racial Bias

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Buck v. Stephens, a Texas death penalty case raising extraordinary issues of racial bias. Duane Buck was condemned to death in 1997 in Harris County after his own trial attorneys inexplicably introduced testimony from a psychologist who stated that Buck was more likely to be dangerous in the future because he is Black.

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Case of Duane Buck puts race and the Texas death penalty in the national spotlight

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.

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Fifth Circuit rejects appeal in racial bias death penalty case of Duane Buck

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.

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State of Texas executes Daniel Lopez

Last night, the State of Texas put Daniel Lopez to death for killing 20-year veteran Corpus Christi Police Department Lt. Stuart Alexander with his truck during a high-speed chase in 2009.  Lopez asked the courts to expedite his execution. At least 28 other individuals on death row in Texas have been put to death after deciding to […]

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Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Narrowly Dismisses Robert Campbell Appeal

This afternoon, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals dismissed Robert Campbell’s application for post-conviction relief by the narrowest of margins – a vote of 5 to 4.  The appeal raised important claims of ineffective assistance of counsel and evidence of intellectual disability. Campbell is scheduled to be executed next Tuesday, May 13, 2014.  Below is a […]

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Glenn Ford to be released after 30 years on Louisiana’s death row

By: Sam Johnson, St. Mary’s University, School of Law Intern After maintaining his innocence for 30 years, Glenn Ford is on the cusp of being released from death row in Louisiana. In 1984, Ford, a young African American man in Shreveport, was convicted and sentenced to death by an all-white jury for the murder of […]