Monthly Archives: February 17, 2009

Text of the Sharon Keller Impeachment Resolution

81R8266 JSA-F By: Burnam H.R. No. 480 R E S O L U T I O N WHEREAS, The House of Representatives of the Texas Legislature has exclusive power to present articles of impeachment against a state officer under Section 1, Article XV, Texas Constitution, and Chapter 665, Government Code; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED,…read more

House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee

The following are this session’s House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee members, which includes 8 Democrats (including the chairman) and 3 Republicans. Chair Pete Gallego – D (Voted yes for a moratorium in 2001) Vice Chair Wayne Christian – R Robert Miklos – D Joseph Moody – D Paula Pierson – D Allen Fletcher – R Terri…read more

Gov. Ted Strickland Granted Clemency to Jeff Hill

Ohio governor. Ted Strickland granted clemency to Jeff Hill this afternoon. The press release and statement by the Governor’s Office is posted below. Statement Regarding Clemency Application of Jeffrey D. Hill Columbus , Ohio – Governor Ted Strickland today issued the following statement regarding the pending clemency application of Jeffrey D. Hill: “Jeffrey Hill was…read more

Quotes From New Mexico Repeal Members

Viki Elkey, Executive Director of the New Mexico Coalition to Repeal the Death Penalty has compiled these quotes from yesterday’s debate: This evening, HB 285 to abolish the death penalty in New Mexico and replace it with life without parole passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 40-28. Our sponsor, Representative Gail Chasey…read more

New Mexico House Votes to Abolish the Death Penalty

The following is Abe Bonowitz’s report on the New Mexico abolition vote. The NM Coalition to Repeal the Death Penalty’s Lobby Day was Monday (Feb. 9) at the Roundhouse (NM’s Capitol Building). More than 225 people from around the state came to Santa Fe for a press conference at noon, followed by visits with their…read more

Live Blogging: New Mexico House Debate

The New Mexico House of Representatives should be debating the death penalty within the next hour or so. Rep. Gail Chasey, D-Bernalillo, introduced HB 285 this session to abolish the death penalty. It’s ninth on the calendar for today’s floor session, currently in progress. Live audio, take your pick: here or here. Dave Mass of…read more

Timothy Cole Exonerated of 1985 Rape

Last week Judge Charlie Baird exonerated Timothy Cole of the 1985 Lubbock rape that sent him to prison. But sadly he was not present during the court hearing to celebrate his exoneration. Because he died in prison 10 years ago. This is the first posthumous exoneration in Texas. Steven Kreytak of Austin American-Statesman reports In…read more

The Eye & Tooth Project

With support from Amnesty International–Houston / Local Group #23 And performance space offered by Rude Mechs and The Off Center How can citizens lobby more effectively for abolition of the death penalty in Texas? How can we hone our ability to dialogue with multiple audiences on the injustice of capital punishment, particularly when others disagree…read more

About to be killed by the state of Georgia

Indie rock group State Radio has joined forces with Amnesty International to produce a short, hard-hitting animated Web video about the plight of death row inmate Troy Davis. Davis has been on death row for 18 years and has received three stays of execution, twice coming within 24 hours of his death, despite a strong…read more