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Steve Hall
Austin, TX
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"Kansas AG petitions US Supreme Court to reinstate death penalty for Carrs, Gleason," is by Dion Lefler of the Wichita Eagle. Seeking to restore the death penalty for three murderers, including the Carr brothers who killed five Wichitans 14 years... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
Today's Philadelphia Inquirer publishes the editorial, "Dead end for D.A." Here's the beginning: Jailed for life for a vicious murder he insists he did not commit, Anthony Wright spent nearly half his time behind bars awaiting the day last month... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
That's the subtitle of an editorial published in today's Oklahoman, "State right to seek delay in pending Oklahoma executions." THE state attorney general’s office did the right thing in requesting that Oklahoma hold off on any executions. The governor and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
That's the title of a news article in today's Yale Daily News by Staphany Hou. On Sept. 21, 2001, Mark Stroman walked into a convenience store and attempted to murder Raisuddin Bhuiyan. Ten years later, in a twist of fate,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
Today's Toledo Blade posts, "Lourdes to host panel on Ohio death penalty." A panel of four people whose lives have been directly affected by Ohio’s death penalty will discuss recommendations for reforming capital punishment from 7 to 9 p.m. today... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Death row inmates file contempt motions," is the AP report, via the Lawton Constitution. Lawyers for Oklahoma death row inmates who filed a federal lawsuit seeking to block their executions have filed motions to hold the state's public safety commissioner... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Has the death penalty become too costly to administer in America?" is commentary by Meg Penrose for the Gazette Xtra and WCLO-AM/WJVL-FM of Janesville, Wisconsin, a state without capital punishment. She's a professor at Texas A&M Law School in Fort... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Kentucky Supreme Court takes up issues in ongoing appeals in 26-year-old death penalty case," is the AP report, via the Daily Journal. The Kentucky Supreme Court is set to hear the latest appeal in the case of a death row... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
National Law Journal posts, "First South Asian-American to Lead DOJ Civil Rights Division," by Katelyn Polantz. Former American Civil Liberties Union lawyer Vanita Gupta will temporarily lead the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, the department said today. Gupta... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Man Sues Oklahoma Over Brother's Botched Execution," is AP coverage filed by Sean Murphy, via ABC News. The botched execution of an Oklahoma inmate last spring that led to a moratorium while the state reconsidered its lethal injection protocols was... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"How to reduce coerced confessions and wrongful convictions," is an editorial published in today's Los Angeles Times. Two North Carolina half brothers were released from prison last month after serving three decades for a rape and murder they did not... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
That's the title of a lengthy examination of Post-Furman capital punishment in Florida by Bill Cornwell in Florida Weekly. THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO , JOHN ARTHUR SPENKELINK, A DRIFTER FROM California who had been convicted of murdering a fellow transient at... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"We're Going to Execute a Man Who Subpoenaed Jesus While Representing Himself Wearing a Purple Cowboy Suit," is by Stephanie Mencimer at Mother Jones. Four years before he murdered his in-laws in Texas, Scott Panetti buried some furniture in his... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
The Judicial Council Report is available in Adobe .pdf format. Today's Houston Chronicle reports, "Federal panel dismisses complaint against Houston judge," by Lise Olsen. Here's an extended excerpt from the beginning of this detailed news report: After a year-long secret... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
The U.S. Department of Justice Memorandum is at the link, thanks to the Wall Street Journal. "Holder: No Defendant Will Forego Right to ‘Able Representation’," is by Joe Palazzolo for the WSJ Law blog. The No. 2 Justice Department official... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
The Tulsa World reports, "AG says state not ready for upcoming executions," by Ziva Branstetter. The state of Oklahoma does not have the drugs or medical personnel needed to carry out three upcoming executions as scheduled and has requested a... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Could firing squad make a comeback in Utah, elsewhere?" is by Emiley Morgan for Utah's Deseret News. Here's an extended excerpt from the beginning: When Ronnie Lee Gardner was executed by firing squad in 2010 at the Utah State Prison... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
SCOTUSblog posts, "Argument preview: What can a federal habeas petitioner argue when defending a judgment in his favor?" It's by Rory Little, rofessor of Law at UC Hastings College of the Law. Here's the beginning: This is a death penalty... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
The Hartford Courant reports, "Malloy Appoints Man Wrongly Convicted Of Murder To Parole Board," by Jenny Wilson and Alaine Griffin. In a symbolic gesture to a wrongly convicted man who served two decades in Connecticut prisons before he was exonerated,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Reprieve for Texas prisoner facing execution," is the AP report, via KVUE-TV. The state's highest criminal appeals court has blocked the scheduled execution this week of a 40-year-old man convicted of fatally shooting a 5-year-old boy sleeping with his mother... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Woman behind bars 17 years walks free after judge says she's innocent," is by Corina Knoll of the Los Angeles Times. There are document links in the article. A woman convicted of murder and imprisoned for 17 years walked out... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
The Houston Chronicle posts, "Being pro-life in governor's race doesn't extend to death-row inmates," by Peggy Fikac, the Austin Bureau Chief of the Chronicle's sister-paper, the San Antonio Express-News. When Attorney General Greg Abbott talks about his opposition to abortion,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Walking free from death row -- and into a new nightmare," is by Agence France-Presse (AFP), via GlobalPost. Sabrina Butler can lay claim to a dubious honor -- she is the only female death row prisoner in the United States... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
Westword posts, "Sir Mario Owens: False Evidence in Death-Penalty Case a "New Low," Defense Claims," by Alan Prendergast. Determined to demonstrate just how far he believed Arapahoe County prosecutors had strayed over the line in the effort to obtain the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Why Oklahoma wants to delay three executions," is by Sean Murphy of Associated Press, via the Christian Science Monitor. Oklahoma's attorney general is seeking to delay three upcoming executions, including two set for next month, saying that the state needs... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project