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Steve Hall
Austin, TX
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That's the title of commentary by attorney Ian Smith at the Daily Caller. Here's the beginning of this must-read: Although the case of Hernandez v. Stephens was one of thousands denied review by the Supreme Court this past term, that... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Buie hearing set for Tuesday; Judge will make call on new trial or freedom," is by Sarah Willets in today's Robesonian. District Attorney Johnson Britt is prepared to turn over to a judge the fate of two men who have... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"'The Wrong Carlos': Was an innocent man executed?" features a Q&A with principal author James Liebman, at the Christian Science Monitor. It's by Randy Dotinga. By design, this book is not a masterpiece of storytelling. It won't keep readers up... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
The Allentown Morning Call posts, "Judge orders further psychiatric evaluation of Michael Ballard," by Riley Yates and Pamela Lehman, following this morning's hearing in Pennsylvania. Mass murderer Michael Eric Ballard's hearing Friday rejecting any appeals of his death sentence began... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
The Lockett Autopsy Report is at the link, via the Tulsa World. "Injected Drugs Said to Kill Man in Flawed Execution," is by Erik Eckholm for the New York Times. Clayton D. Lockett, the prisoner whose prolonged writhing during his... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Hickenlooper should do the right thing in death penalty flap after making the right call on Dunlap execution," is the editorial published in today's Aurora Sentinel. You don’t have to be a political consultant to see where Gov. John Hickenlooper’s... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
The Allentown Morning Call reports, "Will Michael Ballard go ahead with wish to be executed?" by Riley Yates. To Northampton County's top prosecutor, mass murderer Michael Eric Ballard is a "mad dog" and a "poster boy" for the death penalty.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
That's the title of commentary at Philadelphia public radio station WHYY-FM NewsWorks. It's by Jonathan Zimmerman, a professor of history and education at New York University. Did Joseph Wood suffer when he was executed in Arizona last month? Some witnesses... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruling in Fults v. GDCP Warden is available in Adobe .pdf format. "Racist Revelation Will not Lead to Habeas Relief," is by Deshayla Strachan for Courthouse News Service. former juror's comment... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
Today's Fayetteville Observer reports, "New DNA evidence leads to hearing for men convicted in 1983 rape, murder of Red Springs girl," by Rodger Mullen. A hearing has been scheduled based on new DNA evidence in the case of two men... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Lengthy execution of Arizona inmate under review," is the AP report, via the West Valley News. Members of an independent team that will review the Arizona Department of Corrections investigation of the nearly two-hour execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood are... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
Today's Tulsa World reports, "Texas to withhold certain Lockett autopsy details after Oklahoma intervenes," by Curtis Killman. Texas officials have agreed to keep secret certain records pertaining to the autopsy of convicted murderer Clayton Lockett, who died following Oklahoma’s botched... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"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 5 days 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 5 days 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 5 days 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 5 days 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 5 days 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 6 days ago 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 6 days ago 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 6 days ago 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 6 days ago 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project