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Steve Hall
Austin, TX
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"How the Supreme Court Protects Bad Cops," is Erwin Chemerinsky's OpEd in the New York Times. He's the dean of the UC-Irvine School of Law. In recent years, the court has made it very difficult, and often impossible, to hold... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at The StandDown Texas Project
That's the title of an article posted at Slate by Gabriel Urza. It's subtitled, "Why Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s lawyer is leaving the defense team—and the Army." Here's the beginning: Tuesday is Army Major Jason Wright’s last day as appointed counsel... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at The StandDown Texas Project
The Robesonian of Lumberton, North Carolina publishes the editorial, "No margin for error with the death penalty." There are a lot of reasons to oppose the death penalty. In no particular order, here are ours: And: And the most obvious,... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Sacramento judge takes murderer off of death row," is by Denny Walsh in the Modesto Bee. A federal judge on Tuesday threw out the death penalty of a transient who fatally stabbed a man 33 years ago on a bank... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Dialogue still lacking on Colorado death penalty," is the editorial published in today's Denver Post. We're not surprised that Gov. John Hickenlooper said in a yet-to-be-aired TV interview that he could grant clemency to convicted killer Nathan Dunlap if somehow... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at The StandDown Texas Project
Jurist posts, "Botched executions & evolving standards of decency: What can we learn from Wood's death?" It's by Sacha Baniel-Stark, a student at New York University School of Law. The botched execution of Wood joined the botched execution in Ohio... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The StandDown Texas Project
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruling in USA v. Johnson is available in Adobe .pdf format. "Appeals court broadens scope of death penalty retrial for Iowa woman who killed 5 in 1993," is the AP report... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The StandDown Texas Project
Scott Martelle writes, "Secrecy surrounding Oklahoma execution is unacceptable," at the Los Angeles Times Opinion LA blog. The plaintiffs argue, rightfully, that by selectively opening and closing the shutters covering windows into the death chamber, prison officials denied the public’s... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The StandDown Texas Project
"Hickenlooper suggests granting clemency to Nathan Dunlap in interview," is by Jesse Paul in today's Denver Post. Gov. John Hickenlooper suggested in a yet-to-be-aired television interview earlier this year that he could grant full clemency to convicted killer Nathan Dunlap... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The StandDown Texas Project
That's the title of an OpEd in the Saturday Washington Post written by Laura Friedman of St. Louis, Missouri. Here's the beginning: Botched executions in Ohio, Oklahoma and Arizona and continuing problems with lethal-injection drugs have put the death penalty... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Bruning confident state can restore death penalty," is by Grant Schulte of Associated Press, via the Omaha World-Herald. It's also available from the Lincoln Journal Star. Here's an extended excerpt from the beginning of this lengthy article: Nebraska's attorney general... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
You can view the Oklahoma Observer v. Patton lawsuit and an ACLU news release at the link. The Guardian posts, "ACLU challenges Oklahoma over first amendment violation in execution," by Ed Pilkington. The secrecy imposed by the state of Oklahoma... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
The Sunday Houston Chronicle reports, "Is Texas' capital punishment swagger slowing?" It's by Dane Schiller. Texas forged an international reputation as it has executed far more inmates than any other state in the nation since 1982, when it resumed capital... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Death row inmates sue to stop electric chair ‘torture’," is by Brian Haas at the Tennessean. A group of 10 death row inmates suing over lethal injection in Tennessee argued on Friday that the state’s backup plan -- the electric... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
The Guardian posts, "US executions face more uncertainty as expert refuses to defend drug protocols," by Jessica Glenza. The decision of America’s leading expert on lethal injection drugs to stop offering court testimony has left at least one state without... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Prosecutors are not above the law," is the title of Michael Morton's OpEd in today's Dallas Morning News. Three years ago, I sat in a Texas prison cell despite DNA evidence that proved my innocence. The prosecutor who had the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Justice Ginsburg Laments 'Real Racial Problem' in U.S.," is by Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal. Here's teh beginning and her comments on the death penalty. The turmoil in Ferguson, Mo., and the controversial stop-and-frisk policy in New York... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
The Las Vegas Sun features a Q&A with Assistant Federal Public Defender Michael Pescetta, in, "A look inside Nevada’s death row with a federal defense attorney." It's by Ana Ley. Today, his office represents more than half of the 83... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
Today's Los Angeles Times reports, "Atty. Gen. Harris seeks to overturn ban on California executions," by Maura Dolan. A federal judge's "flawed" decision declaring California's enforcement of the death penalty unconstitutional will be appealed, Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris announced... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
That's the title of Pamela Colloff's latest article at Texas Monthly. "For more than a decade, it was Michelle Lyons’s job to observe the final moments of death row inmates—but watching 278 executions did not come without a cost," is... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
Indianapolis TV station WISH-TV posts, "Death penalty cases squeeze prosecutor’s budget," by Julian Grace. Late Tuesday afternoon Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announced he will seek the death penalty against Major Davis Jr., and it is likely to be an... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Would a jury find state of Arizona guilty of murder?," is EJ Montini's latest column in the Arizona Republic. Here's the beginning: There are 14 aggravating factors the state of Arizona can use to convince a jury to impose a... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"States' leading lethal injection expert ends role," is the report by AP Legal Affairs Writer Andrew Welsh-Huggins. It's via the Lexington Herald-Leader. An anesthesiologist said he would no longer act as an expert witness for states defending their lethal injection... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
Today's Harrisburg Patriot-News publishes the editorial, "Inevitable flaws should bring an end to Pa.'s death penalty." Primitive justice – an eye for an eye – is still imposed in our supposedly enlightened state, the one that gave the country the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
Sunday, September 21 will mark the third execution of Troy Davis in Georgia. The coming month would be an excellent time to host a community book club event with I Am Troy Davis. Here's information from Jen Marlowe, co-author of... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project