Monthly Archives: November 30, 2009

Video from Death Row: Possibly Retarded Prisoner Faces Execution

Renée Feltz of the Texas Observer has the following article and video interview on the case of mentally retarded death-row inmate Bobby Woods. Woods is scheduled to be executed next Wednesday. When Texas reopens its execution chamber after a Thanksgiving break, the first man set to die may be mentally retarded. A 2002 Supreme Court…read more

Texas's highest criminal court harrassing anti-death penalty lawyers

By Mary Alice Robbins, Texas LawyerNovember 25, 2009 CCA Show Cause Order Directs Lawyers to Explain Untimely Filing Two years ago, David Dow and the Texas Defender Service were embroiled in a controversy after a thwarted last-minute attempt to file pleadings for a death-row inmate. Now Dow and Katherine Black, his TDS co-counsel in a…read more

Saudis Urged to Reverse Death Sentence on ‘Witchcraft'

A human-rights organization says the Saudi authorities are arbitrarily executing people for witchcraft. Saudi Arabia is being urged by Human Rights Watch to stop meting out the death penalty for alleged witchcraft. Human Rights Watch (HRW) is calling on Riyadh to cease applying capital punishment, to codify its criminal laws and update the criminal procedure…read more

Three Executions in Three Days in Texas, Starting Today

Texas is set to execute three people in three days starting today, November 17. The first is Gerald Cornelius Eldridge, who is mentally ill and has an IQ of 72. Eldridge, 45, was sentenced to death for the 1993 shooting deaths of his former girlfriend, Cynthia Bogany and her nine-year old daughter Chirissa in Houston….read more

Pending U.S. Executions

2009 November17th ~ Larry Bill Elliott (Virginia) 17th ~ Gerald Eldridge (Texas) 18th ~ Danielle Simpson (Texas) – Volunteer 19th ~ Robert Thompson (Texas) December 2nd ~ Cecil Johnson, Jr. ( Tennessee) 3rd ~ Bobby Woods (Texas) 8th ~ Kenneth Biros (Ohio) STAY RECEIVED!!!Kenneth Biros receives an indefinite stay from the U.S. District Court. Mr…read more

If You Hire an Attorney, You Won't be Sentenced to Death

If you hire a lawyer, the chances are you won’t be sentenced to death in Houston. University of Denver Criminologist Scott Phillips reviewed 504 capital indictments over three decades in Harris County, Texas, and found that defendants who hired lawyers for the entire trial were never sentenced to death — and were more likely to…read more


June 29 through July 2, 2010 17th Annual Fast & Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC Read the who, what, when, where, why and how of this important annual abolitionist event by visiting our website. The four-day Fast & Vigil takes place on the sidewalk in front…read more

Viewpoint: Postponed justice

“Postponed Justice” is the title of Jillian Sheridan’s editorial in the Daily Texan. The Texas Senate Committee on Criminal Justice held a hearing yesterday to talk with the Texas Forensic Science Commission’s new chairman, John Bradley. They discussed, among other things, whether or not Bradley is serving as a political pawn for Gov. Rick Perry…read more