Monthly Archives: February 15, 2010

Hank Skinner Update

A number of legal documents have been posted on the website. On February 8th, Hank’s attorney filed a motion in state court to vacate the order setting an execution date and recall void death warrant. There is a problem with the death warrant. Legally the judge has 10 days from the day he signs the…read more

Death Penalty Resolutions for Texas Democratic Party Precinct Conventions

The Texas Democratic Party will hold precinct conventions on March 2 at 7:15 PM. They are open to anyone who votes in the 2010 Texas Democratic primary. At the conventions you can take resolutions that will be voted on at the precinct conventions, and if they are also approved at the county or senatorial district…read more

Farouk Shami More Progressive on Criminal Justice Than Bill White

Former Texas Governor Mark White has said he supports a moratorium on executions, but the Texas Observer asked Democratic gubernatorial nominee candidate Bill White (no relation to Mark) and Bill said he does not support a moratorium. We will try to meet with him to explain why Texas needs a moratorium. The Texas Democratic Party…read more

Death Row Inmates Tell Their Stories in New Book

Youtube video. The U.S. state with the busiest death chamber and one of the largest prison populations is Texas, where public-opinion polls show the death penalty is supported by more than 70 percent of the population. A new book, put together by students at a Texas university, compiles writings and art work done by condemned…read more

Lynching Then, Lynching Now: The roots of racism and the death penalty in America

A National Speaking Tour of the CEDP. Austin, Texas Saturday Feb. 20 UT in Welch 3.502 Workshop with Alan Bean: 4:00 to 5:30Evening Panel Event: 6:30 to 8:00Panelists include: Alan Bean – Executive Director, Friends of Justice.http://friendsofjustice.wordpress.com/Ted Gordon – Associate Professor in Anthropology at UT-Austin and Chair of African and African Diaspora Studies Department.Sandra Reed…read more

Pending Legal Actions for Hank Skinner

Henry Watkins SkinnerSet to be Executed February 24, 2010Huntsville, Texas Pending Legal ActionsHenry W. Skinner vs. Rick Thaler, Director TDCJ-CIDThis is an appeal from Mr. Skinner’s inital federal habeas claimsU.S. Supreme Court, Case No. 09-7784Docket information is available online athttp://origin.www.supremecourtus.gov/docket/09-7784.htmA decision by the Supreme Court is Pending – – – Henry W. Skinner vs. Lynn…read more

TCASK TCStudent Conference on the Death Penalty

Saturday, February 6, 2010 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (9:00 a.m. check-in) Middle Tennessee State University Business and Aerospace Building Learn about the death penalty in Tennessee and how you can effect change High school and college students are invited to attend this free conference which includes national speakers and organizers as well as Tennessee…read more

Help Hank Skinner Get a DNA Testing Before His Execution Day

First of all, thank you to all who are forwarding and promoting the support note for Hank’s Clemency Petition; please continue to do so! Both petitions (commutation and reprieve) as well as three statements attached to the petitions can be downloaded in the “legal documents” section of the website. Hank sent a 5-page letter to…read more

The David Lee Powell Story

In the early morning hours of May 18, 1978, Austin police officer Ralph Ablanedo pulled over a red Mustang on a minor traffic violation. The car was missing a rear license tag, and the driver, Sheila Meinert, was driving without a license. Ablanedo called to run a check on Meinert and her boyfriend David Lee…read more


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