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TCADP January 2022 Newsletter: Starting the year on the right note – with no executions in Texas this month

In this edition Scheduled executions: No executions set in Texas for January or February TCADP 2022 Annual Conference: Don’t miss keynote speaker, Sister Helen Prejean! In case you missed it: Death penalty developments in 2021; a radio station at the Polunsky Unit; new filing for Rodney Reed; important commentary on two Texas death penalty cases […]

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New Report from TCADP: Texas Death Penalty Developments in 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2021, 12:01 AM EASTERN CONTACT: Kristin Houlé Cuellar, Executive Director512-552-5948 (cell)kristin@tcadp.org   www.tcadp.org@TCADPdotORG #TXDP2021 Texas’s death penalty mired in a mess of its own making as inconsistencies, dysfunction continue to plague systemMore than three-fourths of scheduled executions in Texas halted in 2021 because of intellectual disability or religious freedom claims Austin, Texas – […]

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TCADP December 2021 Newsletter: Ending the year with a renewed call for justice

In this edition: Scheduled executions: No executions set for Texas until March 2022 In case you missed it: U.S. Supreme Court considers whether individuals have the right to spoken prayers and physical comfort in the execution chamber; Gallup poll measures declining support for the death penalty; former Bexar County District Attorney calls for DNA testing […]

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TCADP November 2021 Newsletter: Judge declines to recommend new trial for Rodney Reed, despite evidence of innocence

In this edition: Scheduled executions: All three November execution dates in Texas have been withdrawn  Case updates: Judge declines to recommend a new trial for Rodney Reed, who maintains his innocence; Dallas judge recommends new trial for Randy Halprin in light of outrageous anti-Semitic bias; journalist reflects on the life of Texas death row survivor […]

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State of Texas executes Rick Rhoades

Update, 9/29/21: The State of Texas executed Rick Rhoades last night after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to issue a stay. Rhoades’ attorneys had sought juror information that might have called into question the fairness of his 1992 trial. Rhoades is the third person put to death in Texas this year. Four more executions are […]

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U.S. Supreme Court stays execution of John Ramirez

Around 9:00 PM Central Time on September 8, 2021 – three hours after he was scheduled to be put to death – the U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay of execution to John Ramirez. The Justices also granted his petition for certiorari, which means it will consider the issues raised in Ramirez’s appeal relating to […]

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TCADP September 2021 Newsletter: Texas set to execute seven people

In this edition Scheduled executions: The execution of John Ramirez is set for one week from today – take action now! Case updates: Anti-violence organizations, Innocence Project file briefs in support of Melissa Lucio; Bexar County jury imposes first new death sentence in Texas in more than 16 months TCADP 2022 Annual Awards: Seeking nominations for […]

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State of Texas executes John Hummel

Tonight, June 30, 2021, the State of Texas executed John Hummel. Ten years ago, he was convicted of killing his wife, Joy Hummel, and his father-in-law, Clyde Bedford. Hummel, who is an honorably discharged Marine, had no history of violence prior to the terrible night of December 17, 2009. His behavior while incarcerated undermined the jury’s determination […]