On August 17 Judge Atlas held a de novo on Nanon’s case on the issue of ineffective assistance of counsel.
Now, the state of Texas has 30 days to appeal this ruling by Judge Atlas. To appeal, they would have to go to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. But it was the 5th Circuit that ordered Nanon’s case sent back to the Federal District Court for ade novo hearing. So, to us who are not lawyers, it seems unlikely the 5th Circuit would deny Atlas’ ruling.
Nanon was only 17 years old when he was arrested for capital murder in 1992. He was on Texas death row until the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed the execution of juveniles in 2005. Nanon is now 36 years old and at the Ramsey Unit south of Houston serving a life sentence.
More details to come after the shock wears off and we speak more with attorneys and Nanon.
In the last month—Anthony Graves, Claude Jones, and now Nanon Williams.
This is another nail in the coffin of capital punishment.
(Don’t forget we will celebrate the season by signing holiday cards for all those on death row in Texas on Tuesday, Dec. 7, from 6:00–10:00 pm at S.H.A.P.E. Community Center. Bring some postage stamps, a colorful pen, and some holiday goodies to share! If there was justice in Texas, Nanon would be with us to sign the cards!!!)