TCADP June 2020 Newsletter: State of Texas scheduled to execute Ruben Gutierrez in two weeks

In this edition of our monthly newsletter, you’ll find information on the scheduled execution of Ruben Gutierrez and how you can support his application for clemency or a reprieve. You’ll also find updates on other Texas death penalty cases and the results of the 2020 Houston Area Survey, which measured record-low support for the death penalty.

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Texas Court of Criminal Appeals rejects recommendation of relief for Paul Storey

Today, a majority of judges on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) rejected a trial judge’s recommendation that Paul Storey’s death sentence be commuted to life in prison after he found prosecutors had presented false evidence and withheld evidence from the defense. Storey was sentenced to death for the robbery and murder of Jonas […]

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Alfred Dewayne Brown deemed “actually innocent”

Alfred Dewayne Brown was declared “actually innocent” today by the Harris County District Attorney’s (DA) Office.  DA Kim Ogg accepted the findings of a special prosecutor appointed by her office in May 2018 to investigate the case. Brown was released from death row in 2015 after prosecutors dismissed the charges against him.  In 2014, the Texas Court of […]

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New evidence strengthens Alfred Dewayne Brown’s death row exoneration

Late in the day on Friday, March 2, 2018, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced the discovery of an email proving that prosecutors knowingly withheld critical evidence in the death penalty case of Alfred Dewayne Brown – evidence that supported Brown’s consistent claim of innocence. Brown was released from death row in June 2015 […]

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New Report Names Former Texas Prosecutor Among Top Five Deadliest Prosecutors in America

A new report from Harvard Law School’s Fair Punishment Project identifies America’s five deadliest head prosecutors out of the thousands that have held that office in the last 40 years. It specifically names Johnny Holmes, who served as the District Attorney of Harris County, Texas from 1979 to 2000; during his tenure, his office secured at least 200 death sentences. Since 2008, by contrast, Harris County juries have sent an average of one person to death row each year.

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