In 3 days Texas plans to execute Patrick Murphy, despite knowing he was not involved in murdering anyone nor was he present during the murder. Patrick Murphy’s crime was being part of the Texas 7 escape. While Patrick reluctantly waited for his fellow escapees to return from a robbery, a tragic murder occurred. That does not, however, make Patrick Murphy guilty of a murder that … Continue reading Save Patrick Murphy–Law of Parties case
Many states, notably Texas and California, have a Felony Murder Law or “Law of Parties” which allows for someone to be sentenced to death even if they did not kill the victim, but only acted as a participant in the crime. This law works by mandating that if you were involved in committing a felony that resulted in death(s), you are equally as responsible for … Continue reading DYK (#9) Sentenced to Death Without Killing Anyone
There is significant evidence that the US, and specifically Texas, have executed innocent people such as Carlos De Luna, Ruben Cantu, and Cameron Todd Willingham. Continue reading DYK (#5) Innocent and Executed
Write the Board of Pardons and Paroles, and call or tweet the governor about the upcoming execution of Joseph Garcia(999441) on December 4th and Alvin Braziel Jr.(999393) on December 11th. To write/call about upcoming executions: **See our guide here See also: Joseph Garcia’s case is a “Law of Parties” case, meaning that he was convicted of being involved in ( a robbery leading to) a … Continue reading Stop These December Executions in Texas!
Two executions coming up in the next week: Troy Clark and Daniel Acker both face executions, back-to-back on the 26th and 27th. Take Action Now! Call, tweet, or email the governor and Board of Pardons and Paroles to ask for a stay of execution. Upcoming Execution Dates: All dates: https://deathpenaltyinfo.org/upcoming-executions Emanuel Kemp Execution Delay Sought for Emanuel Kemp Kemp’s lawyer has requested DNA testing … Continue reading Texas Death Penalty Update– September 20th
Texas has three executions scheduled for September, two which are back-to-back. Despite increasing scrutiny and lower levels of support than decades past, the killing machine is resistant to slowing down. Help us show Greg Abbott that we are done with state-sponsored murders! *Edit* Ruben Gutierrez has received a temporary stay from a federal judge, which appears it will not be lifted. Ruben Gutierrez, #999308, September … Continue reading Need for clemency campaigns for three upcoming executions:
Execution of Danny Bible This evening Danny Bible was executed at the Walls Unit in Huntsville, TX. His lawyers had appealed his execution date based on his poor physical health. He was partially paralyzed and suffering from Parkinson’s syndrome; his lawyers also argued that executioners may be unable to find a suitable vein to use for injecting the deadly drug cocktail. The issue of failure … Continue reading Texas Death Penalty Update
This morning the Supreme Court has handed down two shocking and disappointing rulings for those who follow the cases of the wrongfully convicted. Both Rodney Reed, on Texas Death Row, and Brendan Dassey, whose case has been widely publicized through the show Making a Murderer, had their cert petitions denied by the Supreme Court, meaning they refused to rule on the appeals. Both prisoners have … Continue reading What Does Innocence Mean to the Courts?