Monthly Archives: May 20, 2009

"Images from Texas Death Row " Exhibit at Texas Capitol May 18-22

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

Global Day of Action for Troy Davis

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

Texas House Passes Kenneth Foster, Jr Act (HB 2267, the Law of Parties Bill)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACTS: Scott Cobb, President, Texas Moratorium Network, admin@texasmoratorium.org, 512-552-4743;Bryan McCann, Campaign to End the Death Penalty, bmccann@mail.utexas.edu, 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

HB 2267 Passes Texas House on 2nd Reading

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

Law of Parties Bill 2 Away from Vote in Texas House

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).

Shanda Perkins nomination busted

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

Another Setback for Kevin Cooper

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