The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) has granted a stay of execution to Edward Busby based on his claim of intellectual disability. The Court’s order sends the case back to the trial court for a review on the merits. The State of Texas had been scheduled to put Busby to death on February […]
In this edition of our monthly newsletter, you’ll find information on legislative developments around the country, case updates related to intellectual disability and junk science, and guidance on how you can take action to stop the scheduled execution of Edward Busby. You’ll also find announcements related to our next webinar and book group meeting and the TCADP 2021 Annual Conference later this month.
The COVID-19 pandemic significantly curtailed use of the death penalty in Texas this year, resulting in a record-low number of new death sentences and the state’s fewest executions since 1996, according to a new report from the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. Texas and federal courts continue to confront the state’s arbitrary application of capital punishment and deeply flawed practices, particularly in assessing intellectual disability evidence. Read Texas Death Penalty Developments in 2020: The Year in Review.
In this edition of our monthly newsletter, you’ll find information about a slew of virtual events this month, including two TCADP webinars on “future dangerousness.” We also share findings from an important new report on race and the death penalty and updates on the cases of two men who will be removed from death row based on evidence of intellectual disability.
Bobby Moore was removed from death row in December 2019 after years of legal wrangling and two reversals by the U.S. Supreme Court related to his intellectual disability, which made him ineligible for execution. Yesterday – 40 years after a Harris County jury sentenced him to death – he was granted parole by the Texas […]
This edition of our monthly newsletter addresses the continued impact of COVID-19 on use of the death penalty and prison conditions in Texas. It also includes updates on cases involving intellectual disability claims, federal executions, and use of the death penalty worldwide.
The number of new death sentences and executions declined in 2019, according to a new report from the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP). Texas juries rejected the death penalty in 50% of the cases presented to them this year. The cases that were scheduled for execution this year underscored persistent concerns about the fairness and accuracy of Texas’s death penalty system.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has granted a stay of execution to Dexter Johnson, less than 24 hours before he was scheduled to be put to death, based on evidence of his intellectual disability. It is the second time in five months a federal court has intervened in this case and stopped Johnson’s execution.