HB 2267 will be heard in the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice, Thursday, May 21, at 1:30 PM or upon adjournment of the Senate. This is the law of parties bill by Rep Terri Hodge and Rep Harold Dutton, recently renamed the Kenneth Foster, Jr Act. It would require separate trials in capital cases and…read more
Please come to the opening day reception for the exhibit of John Holbrook’s death row photographs in the Texas Capitol at 6 PM on Monday and the artist’s talk at 7 PM. “Images from Texas Death Row” to be Exhibited in the Ground Floor Rotunda of the Texas CapitolMonday, May 18 – Friday May 22…read more
Troy Davis is a man on death row with a compelling case for innocence. No murder weapon, no physical evidence, and 7 of 9 eye witnesses have recanted their testimony. Yet no jury has ever heard this evidence. The 11th Circuit Court has denied Troy Davis’ most recent petition and a new execution date may…read more
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACTS: Scott Cobb, President, Texas Moratorium Network, firstname.lastname@example.org, 512-552-4743;Bryan McCann, Campaign to End the Death Penalty, email@example.com, 512-739-4024 Texas House of Representatives Passes Law of Parties Bill (HB 2267)Amendment Adopted for the Bill to be Known as “The Kenneth Foster Jr, Act” Austin, TX – May 15, 2009 – The Texas House…read more
The Texas House of Representatives just passed the Law of Parties bill (HB 2267) on second reading. There was no objection. It passed on a voice vote. It now must pass on 3rd reading by the deadline of Friday at midnight. If it passes on third reading, then it goes to the Senate. For more…read more
The Law of Parties bill (HB 2267) by Rep Terri Hodge and Rep Harold Dutton is only 2 bills away from a vote in the Texas House. Currently voting on HB 2411Watch the video live from the Texas House here (opens a real player stream).
In a rare public rebuke to Gov. Rick Perry, the Texas Senate this afternoon blocked Perry’s nomination of unemployed Burleson banker Shanda Perkins to become a member of the state Board of Pardons and Paroles. After a brief debate, the GOP-controlled Senate by a 24-7 vote sent the nominee of fellow Republican Perry back to…read more
From the Riverside (CA) Press-Enterprise] Condemned prisoner Kevin Cooper was denied a rehearing Monday by a federal appellate panel in a 114-page order that bristled with dissents, one of them claiming that “the state of California may be about to execute an innocent man.” [Full text at http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2009/05/11/05-99004o.pdf] Another judge defended the decision, saying evidence…read more