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Steve Hall
Austin, TX
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"Predawn Justice at High Court; 5 a.m. order in voting case rare — but not new," is by Tony Mauro for the National Law Journal. The U.S. Supreme Court's recent 5 a.m. order in a Texas voting rights case was... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The StandDown Texas Project
Bryan Stevenson's essay, "The Man on Death Row Who Changed Me," appears in this Sunday's New York Times Magazine. It was an old hymn they used to sing all the time in church where I grew up. I hadn’t heard... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The StandDown Texas Project
The Guardian posts, "Six in 10 Americans support death penalty despite recent botched injections," by Jessica Glenza. Though Americans’ opinions held steady over the past six years, support for executions has slid considerably since the mid-1990s, from an all-time high... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The StandDown Texas Project
Gallup posts, "Americans: 'Eye for an Eye' Top Reason for Death Penalty," is by Art Swift. Americans who favor the death penalty most often cite "an eye for an eye" as the reason they hold their position, with 35% mentioning... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The StandDown Texas Project
"Pope Francis blasts life sentences as ‘hidden death penalty’," is the AFP report, via the Guardian. Pope Francis has branded life-long prison terms “a hidden death sentence” in an attack on “penal populism” that included severe criticism of countries that... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Dunlap death row decision by Gov. John Hickenlooper haunts victim’s father but not other family members," is by Lynn Bartels of the Denver Post. A heartbroken father whose daughter was killed during a rampage at a suburban Chuck E. Cheese... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports, "Former D.A. criticizes Brownback ad depicting Carr brothers," by Tim Carpenter. Here's an extended excerpt from the beginning: The district attorney who prosecuted Sedgwick County’s notorious Carr brothers for murder condemned on Wednesday a new campaign... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
Today's Tulsa World reports, "DOC files another motion to dismiss First Amendment suit challenging execution access," by Cary Aspinwall. Oklahoma corrections officials have reduced the number of media witnesses allowed at executions and imposed greater restrictions on reporters’ access, but... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Let an innocent man spend his last days at home," is Barry Scheck's commentary at the Texas Tribune's TribTalk. Here's the beginning of this must-read: Max Soffar, an innocent man on death row in Texas, has just a few months... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
Gallup posts, "Americans' Support for Death Penalty Stable," by Jeffrey M. Jones. Here's the beginning: WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Six in 10 Americans favor the death penalty for convicted murderers, generally consistent with attitudes since 2008. Since 1937, support has been... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Final Florida gubernatorial debate heated and personal," is by Dara Kam of the News Service of Florida, via the Tallahassee Democrat. In another pointed exchange, the two candidates wrestled over the death penalty. Scott, who has signed a record number... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
The report, Skewed Justice: Citizens United, Television Advertising and State Supreme Court Justices’ Decisions in Criminal Cases, is available at the link. "Study: Campaign Spending Skews Justice Against Defendants," is by Marcia Coyle at the National Law Journal. Skyrocketing spending... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"End futility of death penalty system," is the editorial published by the Pocono Record in Pennsylvania. If there’s one thing for which Pennsylvanians can thank confessed double murderer William Parrish, it’s pointing out the mirage of the state’s capital punishment... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports, "Witness says she lied at trial of man convicted of killing Hamilton County deputy," by Claire Wiseman. From the witness stand, Kim Bowman choked back a sob. "This man is innocent," Bowman said. "He... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
NBC News posts, "Drug Maker Mylan Takes $70 Million Hit in Battle Over Lethal Injection," by Tracy Connor. Alabama's plan to use a new drug to execute death-row prisoners is causing headaches for the pharmaceutical company that makes the chemical.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
Kirk Bloodsworth was the first person who had been sentenced to death and exonerated by DNA evidence. Tim Junkin's book, Bloodsworth, written with Kirk's involvement, is the harrowing tale of Kirk's journey. It was published in 2004. Since then, Kirk... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Supreme Court To Review California Death Penalty Case," is the Ap report, via CBS Sacramento. The Supreme Court will consider reinstating the conviction and death sentence for a California man in a 29-year-old triple murder in San Diego. The justices... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
The New York Times Sunday Book Review contained, "'Just Mercy,’ by Bryan Stevenson." It's by Ted Conover, a journalism professor and nonfiction author. Here's the beginning: Unfairness in the Justice system is a major theme of our age. DNA analysis... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"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 Oct 17, 2014 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 Oct 17, 2014 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 Oct 17, 2014 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 Oct 16, 2014 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 Oct 16, 2014 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 Oct 16, 2014 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 Oct 16, 2014 at The StandDown Texas Project