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Steve Hall
Austin, TX
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The Nebraska Supreme Court ruling in State v. Ryan is available in Adobe .pdf format. "Supreme Court rejects Michael Ryan death penalty challenge," is by Lori Pilger of the Lincoln Journal Star. The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday rejected death... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Measure to Repeal Death Penalty Fails by a Single Vote in New Hampshire Senate," is the New York Times report by Katharine Q. Seelye. In a tie vote, the New Hampshire Senate deadlocked Thursday on whether to repeal the death... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at The StandDown Texas Project
Andrew Cohen writes, "Texas has been holding this man hostage for 12,600 days," of the Week. Here's the beginning of this must-read: Last week, in a decision that contorted both law and fact, a state judge ruled against an illiterate,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The StandDown Texas Project
Today's Beaumont Enterprise publishes the editorial, "Texas must reveal source of execution drugs." Attorney General Greg Abbott was right the first time: The state of Texas must reveal the source of the execution drugs it uses - just as it... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The StandDown Texas Project
That's the title of an Associated Press report, via KOTV-TV. The Oklahoma Supreme Court says it is not the place for death-row inmates to go if they want a stay of execution. Justices said Thursday that the Oklahoma Court of... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The StandDown Texas Project
That's the title of the breaking news AP report filed by Lynne Tuohy, via WCAX-TV. New Hampshire's Senate has voted to leave intact the state's centuries-old death penalty. Lawmakers voted 12-12 Thursday and the tie means the measure will stay... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The StandDown Texas Project
Streaming video of the New Hampshire Senate is available at the link. "N.H. Senate to vote on repeal of death penalty," is by Brian MacQuarrie of the Boston Globe. Two dozen state senators are scheduled to gather Thursday morning in... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The StandDown Texas Project
The Supreme Court Order in Villegas v. Texas is at the link. For justices noted that they would have stayed the execution. "Texas man executed for triple murder: 'It does kind of burn. Goodbye'," is the AP report, via the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The StandDown Texas Project
"TN House approves electrocution bill," is byMax Smith for the Tennessean. The Capital Punishment Enforcement Act, which would allow the state Department of Correction to fall back on using the electric chair in executions if lethal injection chemicals are unavailable,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Stunning new case highlights how race bias corrupts juries," is the title of Barry Scheck's commentary at Salon. His is co-Director of the Innocence Project. Here's the beginning of this must-read: Last month, Glenn Ford, an African-American man, walked out... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Meaning of 'thou shalt not kill' not as clear as that of murder," is Drew Clark's Deseret News column. Clark is the paper's opinion editor. A recent Pew Research Center report found that 55 percent of American adults favor the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Death penalty: Require a unanimous decision from jurors," is the Tallahassee Democrat editorial. The death penalty has been a subject of disagreement for years, with endless arguments over whether it’s being carried out too much or not enough, too quickly... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
Today's Canton Repository publishes the editorial, "Death penalty report is good starting point." A committee appointed more than two years ago by Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor has made dozens of recommendations on how to change the state’s... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Abbott faces thorny choice," is the Associated Press report, via the Longview News-Journal. The death penalty is like gun rights in Texas politics: Candidates don’t dare get in the way of either. But Republican Greg Abbott, the favorite to succeed... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
The Eagle Tribune reports, "N.H. Senate to decide on death penalty repeal; Some say Senate tie is possible." It's by John Toole. The state Senate takes up the death penalty repeal tomorrow. “We think it will be very close,” said... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
Texas is set to carry out its seventh execution of 2014, tonight in Huntsville. It would be the 515th post-Furman Texas execution since 1982, and the 276th execution under the administration of Gov. Rick Perry. Texas is responsible for more... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Appeal to Return 4 to Death Row Is Heard," by Alan Blinder for the New York Times. The North Carolina Supreme Court on Monday heard arguments about whether it should reinstate death sentences for four inmates whose punishments were reduced... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
That's the title of an editorial published in the May edition of Scientific American. The web edition is titled, "Let’s Stop Pretending the Death Penalty Is a Medical Procedure." Yet even if executions are not medical, they can affect medicine.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Oklahoma Secures Non-Compounded Execution Drugs," is the report compiled by Associated Press & KGOU-FM. The document referenced is available at the link. Lawyers for the state of Oklahoma said in a letter to attorneys for two death row inmates that... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Q&A: Death penalty proponent Robert Blecker," is the Sunday ViewPoints feature in the Dallas Morning News. The interview is conducted by editorial board member Rodger Jones. Our Q&A is with New York Law School professor Robert Blecker, death penalty proponent... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"NC high court to review sentences changed under Racial Justice Act," is by Anne Blythe of the News & Observer of Raleigh, North Carolina. The Racial Justice Act was repealed by state lawmakers almost a year ago, but questions about... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
That's the title of an OpEd published in today's New York Times, written by Megan McCracken and Jennifer Moreno. They are attorneys with the Death Penalty Clinic at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Here's the beginning: FACING... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
The Joint Task Force to Review the Administration of Ohio's Death Penalty's draft recommendations are at the link. "Future is unclear for report on Ohio death penalty," is the AP report by Andrew Welsh-Huggins. It's via the Tribune-Chronicle. Ohio's capital... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Report includes restrictions on Ohio death penalty," is one report by AP Legal Affairs Writer Andrew Welsh-Huggins. It's via the Fremont News Messenger. Prosecutors would need much stronger evidence against a murder defendant before bringing death penalty charges under recommendations... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at The StandDown Texas Project
"Senate panel endorses death penalty repeal measure," is the AP report by Lynne Tuohy, via the Greenfield Time. The New Hampshire Senate Judiciary Committee is recommending passage of a bill to repeal the state's death penalty. The 3-2 vote Thursday... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at The StandDown Texas Project