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Steve Hall
Austin, TX
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The Guardian reports, "Texas sets execution date for mentally ill killer Scott Panetti," by Tom Dart. Texas is preparing to execute a mentally ill man who dressed as a cowboy at his trial and attempted to subpoena Jesus Christ, John... Continue reading
Posted 13 minutes ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Let Max Soffar, an innocent man, die at home," is the Change.org petition started by Sister Helen Prejean with ACLU Action. Here's the beginning of this must-read: After serving 34 years on death row for a crime that he did... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The StandDown Texas Project
"Dunlap 'full clemency' ad abandons reality," is by the Denver Post Editorial Board. Criticizing the governor over his handling of the Dunlap case and his position on the death penalty is fair game. Claiming he has threatened to release a... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The StandDown Texas Project
"Inmate ordered freed in landmark Illinois case," is the AP report filed by Don Babwin, via the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. A prisoner whose confession helped free a death row inmate in a case that was instrumental in the campaign to end... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The StandDown Texas Project
"Report on Wood execution due by mid-November," is the AP report, via the Arizona Capitol Times. An independent investigation of the nearly two-hour execution of an Arizona death row inmate is expected to be completed in the next two weeks,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The StandDown Texas Project
"Inmate described as delusional gets execution date," is the AP report, via the Austin American-Statesman. A Texas death row inmate whose attorneys contend is so delusional that he can't understand why he was convicted and condemned has been scheduled for... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The StandDown Texas Project
The McAlester News-Capital reports, "Execution dates set — again," by Glenn Puit. A fourth death row inmate has a scheduled execution date at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester. A court set Benjamin Robert Cole Jr.’s execution date for March... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
That's the title of Matt Ford's post at the Atlantic. It's subtitled, "The Lone Star State carried out its fewest executions since 1996 this year." There is an infographic at the link. On Tuesday night, the state of Texas executed... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"U.S. Supreme Court stays Missouri inmate's execution," is by Jim Salter of Associated Press, via St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The appeal to the Supreme Court raised several concerns about legal counsel Christeson has received over the years, including the failure of... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
SCOTUSblog tweets: SCOTUS over 3 dissents issues stay of Missouri execution of petitioner who seeks to replace lawyers who filed his habeas petition late I'll update with more information as it becomes available. No formal word on the Court's Orders... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
The San Antonio Express-News reports, "San Antonio man executed, 14 years after triple slaying." It's by Michelle Casady. Strapped to a gurney in the execution chamber, Miguel Angel Paredes, 32, blew kisses to his friends Tuesday night — minutes before... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
There is case news from Pennsylvania, Mississippi, and Ohio. Courthouse News Service posts, "Death Penalty for PA Prisoner Thrown Out," by Andrew Thompson. Blocking the execution of a Pennsylvania prisoner, a federal judge cited lapses by defense counsel with respect... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Jon Bruning says other crises have ‘diverted’ state from resolving lethal injection problems," is by Martha Stoddard of the Omaha World-Herald. Here's the beginning of this detailed article: Attorney General Jon Bruning expects that another year will pass before Nebraska... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
Justice Alito's Order for additional briefing in Christeson v. Roper is available in Adobe .pdf format. For those who want to stay up to date on case developments in Missouri, I'd recommend following St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel's Twitter... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
The Guardian post, "Miguel Paredes set to be 10th and last Texas prisoner executed in 2014," by Tom Dart. By the age of 18, Miguel Paredes had been involved in at least five murders, taken part in two drive-by shootings... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
Texas is scheduled to carry out its 10th and final execution of 2014, tonight in Huntsville. It would be the state's 518th post-Furman executions since 1982. There have been 30 executions in American death penalty states this year; a total... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Lawyers, judges seek stay for Missouri inmate Christeson," is by Bob Priddy for MissouriNet. There is audio at the link. A national group that says it tries to reach consensus on difficult constitutional issues, and a number of former state... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
The Oklahoman reports, "Court stays all Oklahoma executions," by Graham Lee Brewer. All three of the state’s scheduled executions have been stayed until 2015, the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals decided Friday. In an Oct. 13 motion, Attorney General Scott... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
The Arizona Republic reports, "Republic sues state to reveal info on lethal injections," by Michael Kiefer. The Arizona Republic and several other local and international media outlets have filed suit in federal court against the director of the Arizona Department... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Court in Va. examines death row isolation policy," is the AP report filed by Larry O'Dell. Virginia's practice of automatically holding death row inmates in solitary confinement will be reviewed by a federal appeals court in a case that experts... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"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 7 days ago 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 7 days ago 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 7 days ago 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 7 days ago 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 Oct 23, 2014 at The StandDown Texas Project