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50 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned all existing death penalty laws in Furman v. Georgia

Today, June 29, 2022, marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision Furman vs. Georgia (1972), which overturned all existing death penalty laws in effect at the time. In Furman, the Justices ruled that the death penalty system, as it was being administered, was arbitrary, capricious, and discriminatory. Justice Potter Stewart said death sentences were as […]

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TCADP June 2022 Newsletter: Exciting virtual events this month

In this edition  Scheduled executions: Texas Attorney General’s Office opposes date withdrawal for John Ramirez; Harris County judge declines to set an execution date for Arthur Brown In case you missed it: U.S. Supreme Court guts federal review of cases involving poor legal representation; Amnesty International reports on use of the death penalty worldwide; Texas Court […]

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TCADP May 2022 Newsletter: Ending the “cycle of futility”

In this edition Scheduled executions: State of Texas carries out its first execution in more than six months; Texas Court of Criminal Appeals grants a stay to Melissa Lucio In case you missed it: Nueces County District Attorney calls the death penalty “unethical”; forensic science reformers and exonerees file briefs in support of Robert Roberson; […]

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State of Texas Executes Carl Buntion

UPDATE: Tonight the State of Texas put to death Carl Wayne Buntion, the first execution in the state in over six months. At age 78, Buntion is the oldest person executed by the State of Texas. We are grateful to his attorneys, who fought valiantly to stop his execution, and to everyone who supported Buntion’s […]

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TCADP April 2022 Newsletter: The spectacle of two unjust executions

In this edition Scheduled executions: Texas set to execute a 78-year-old man and a wrongfully convicted woman this month In case you missed it: Texas court overturns conviction and death sentence of Joseph Colone; Tarrant County prosecutors remove death penalty as a punishment option on the eve of trial; U.S. Supreme Court upholds the religious […]

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TCADP February Newsletter: Get ready for the Texas 2022 Primary Election!

In this edition Scheduled executions: Take action to stop the execution of Melissa Lucio TCADP 2022 Annual Conference: Join us on February 26, 2022 for a day of information and inspiration Texas 2022 Primary Election: Early voting begins February 14, 2022 with important District Attorney races on the ballot in Dallas and Tarrant counties In case […]

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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 – […]