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.
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 […]
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 […]
In the last execution in Texas this year, the State put Alvin Braziel, Jr. to death on Tuesday, December 11, 2018. He was convicted of killing Doug White and raping Lora White in Mesquite in 1993. Braziel was 18 at the time of the crime. Braziel was not linked to the crime until 2001, when […]
According to a new report from the National Registry of Exonerations, 139 wrongfully convicted individuals were exonerated in 2017. This includes four people who had been sentenced to death. The leading cause in last year’s exonerations was official misconduct, particularly concealing exculpatory evidence.
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 […]
The State of Texas executed Terry Edwards around 10:00 PM last night, despite significant concerns about his culpability in the crime, allegations of prosecutorial misconduct, and racial bias in the jury selection process. The U.S. Supreme Court delayed the execution by nearly four hours as it considered several final appeals. Ultimately, the Justices rejected those […]
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.