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Prosecutors drop charges against Kerry Max Cook in 40-year-old case

Today, in an astounding turn of events, prosecutors in Smith County dropped capital murder charges against Kerry Max Cook, in light of new evidence that severely undermined their case against him. Cook spent 20 years on death row in Texas.

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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.

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Max Soffar dies on Texas death row after 35 years in prison; strong claim of innocence

Max Soffar, who spent 35 years on Texas’ death row – died of complications from liver cancer on Sunday, April 24, 2016.  He was diagnosed in the fall of 2014, […]

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13th death row exoneration in Texas: Alfred Dewayne Brown released after Harris County District Attorney dismisses charges

Yesterday, Alfred Dewayne Brown became the 13th person in Texas and the 154th nationwide to be released from death row due to evidence of his wrongful conviction. The Harris County District Attorney’s Office dismissed the capital murder charges against him after determining there was not enough evidence to re-try him for two murders that took place at a cash-checking business in Houston in 2003.

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State of Texas executes Lester Bower

Last night, June 3, 2015, the State of Texas carried out its eighth execution of the year, putting Lester Bower Jr. to death more than 31 years after his conviction.  Bower […]

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New Study Suggests Over 4% of People Sentenced to Death are Likely Innocent

According to new peer-reviewed research published in one of the most authoritative scientific journals in the world – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences – over four percent of […]