Monthly Archives: June 30, 2010

Did Texas Execute an Innocent Man?

DNA testing is moving forward in the case of Claude Jones, who was executed in 2000 in Texas for a murder he always said he didn’t commit. The Innocence Project has sought DNA testing in the case for years, and this month a Texas judge ordered the state to preserve the evidence so testing can…read more

2010 Texas Democratic Party Platform Endorses a Moratorium on Executions; Death Row Exoneree Juan Melendez Speaks at Convention

The Texas Democratic Party held its 2010 State Convention June 25-26 in Corpus Christi and adopted a party platform that endorses a moratorium on executions. The convention was attended by more than 7,000 delegates. The party platform has supported a moratorium in every platform since 2004. In addition to adopting a moratorium in the platform,…read more

State Rep. Jessica Farrar to Speak at the Caucus Meeting of "Democrats Against the Death Penalty" at the Texas Democratic Party State Convention

State Rep. Jessica Farrar, a Democrat from Houston who filed a bill in the 2009 Texas legislative session to abolish the death penalty in Texas (HB 682), will speak at the caucus meeting of “Democrats Against the Death Penalty” at the Texas Democratic Party State Convention in Corpus Christi on Friday, June 25, 2010 in Room…read more

Two days, two executions, this is Texas

Michael Perry, slated for execution July 1 By Elizabeth SteinProducer, Execution Watch Texas is scheduled this week to execute two people in as many days, solidifying its reputation as death penalty capital of the Western world. Execution Watch will broadcast during each one RADIO PROGRAM PREVIEW EXECUTION WATCHJune 30, 2010, Wed., 6-7 pm Central TimeListen on…read more

Death Penalty Free Austin Campaign

Meeting to launch the Death Penalty Free Austin Campaign!Wednesday, June 30 at 7PMCarver Library Meeting Room 1, Rosewood and AngelinaAll groups and individuals opposed to the death penalty: COME TO THIS MEETING!Following a series of scandals relating the use of capital punishment in Texas, local activists from many organizations will be pressing a campaign to…read more

2010 Platform of the Texas Republican Party Endorses the Death Penalty for Rape

The 2010 platform of the Texas Republican Party endorses the death penalty for people convicted of rape. In 1977, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the 7-2 Coker v. Georgia decision that applying the death penalty in rape cases was forbidden by the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution as cruel and unusual punishment because the sentence was disproportionate…read more

History favors Texas judge facing possible removal

That’s title of Paul Weber’s article for the Wahington Post SAN ANTONIO — When Texas Judge Sharon Keller answers charges Friday of callously closing her courtroom to a man on death row, she could join the disgraced list of Texas jurists not indicted but still taken off the bench. That dishonorable list is a handful…read more

Please join us in saying no to executions in California

We urgently need your help! On June 8, California’s oversight agency rejected the proposed lethal injection regulations, citing many of the objections raised by members of the public in the comment process. Less than three days later, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) proposed minor changes to the procedures and opened another fifteen-day…read more

Open letter to City Manager Ott & Austin City Council

Austin officially supports the death penalty? That’s the message to the community right now. Our chief traveled out of town yesterday, in his formal City of Austin Police Chief uniform, and spoke to media at the Powell execution relaying sympathy for the mother of Ablenedo – but offering no sympathy to the family/friends of Powell,…read more