Monthly Archives: February 19, 2008

Update on Kenneth Foster & the situation at the McConnell Unit

Hello Everyone, Kenneth Foster asked me to update everyone on the situation at the McConnellUnit. The last few months Kenneth and the rest of the guys in level G5 – themost restrictive level at the McConnell Unit – have been denied recreationtime. The excuse is that they are short staffed but it is only this…read more

Perspectives at the Death House Door: A Special Hearing on Capital Punishment

You are invited to: Perspectives at the Death House Door: A Special Hearing on Capital Punishment Legal experts, elected officials and religious leaders will convene at the State Capitol to discuss the issues surrounding the death penalty including wrongful convictions, lethal injection, the role of religion in the death penalty, and the impact of executions…read more

DA Race: Contenders weigh in on death penalty

2:50 PM | News 8 Austin | DA Race: Contenders weigh in on death penalty By: Paul Brown Q: In the past, Travis County has been reluctant to pursue the death penaltyin capital cases. Under your leadership, how will the DA’s office approach thedeath penalty? Rosemary Lehmberg: We seldom seek the death penalty in Travis…read more

Dallas Morning News endorses Judge Robert Francis for CCA

Today Dallas Morning News endorsed Judge Robert Francis in the March 4 GOP primary for the Place 4 appeals court seat currently held by Judge Paul Womack. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals certainly gets a lot of press – very little of it good. Texas Monthly calls it “Texas’ Worst Court.” The U.S. Supreme…read more

Video: ACLU/TMN Panel with Travis County District Attorney Candidates

During this 90-minute forum sponsored by Texas Moratorium Network and ACLU-TX, candidates went on record on a range of important issues, including the death penalty, police misconduct, political corruption, juvenile justice, drug laws and other issues. During one segment of the forum, attendees were given the opportunity to pose their own questions to the candidates.

Nebraska Supreme Court says electrocution unconstitutional

Omaha World Herald is reporting that the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled the electric chair, the only method of execution in Nebraska unconstitutional. This means that there will be a moratorium on executions in Nebraska, until the state adopts another procedure to execute inmates. LINCOLN – In a 6-1 ruling Friday, the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled…read more

DA candidate Rick Reed opposes the death penalty

I was at a panel last night sponsored by TMN and ACLU-TX with the four DA candidates. Only Rick Reed has said that he will oppose the death penalty as the DA in Travis County. Austin American-Statesman has a very good article about the four candidates position on the death penalty. I will post the…read more

A letter from Howard Guidry

This is a letter from Howard Guidry that was read today at the Rodney Reed protest in Austin. Rodney Reed is a friend. Rodney Reed is a friend of mine. He is a solid brother who has weathered a decade of racially profiled prosecution. Living in the crushing hands of Texas death row he has…read more