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Texas Man Executed on Disproved Forensics

Texas man executed on disproved forensics
Fire that killed his 3 children could have been accidental


By Steve Mills and Maurice Possley
Chicago Tribune staff reporters

December 9, 2004


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CORSICANA, Texas -- Strapped to a gurney in Texas' death chamber

117th Innocent Person Freed From Death Row

117th INNOCENT PERSON FREED FROM DEATH ROW

Ernest Willis became the eighth person exonerated from Texas's death row on October 6, 2004, and the 117th person freed nationwide since 1973. Willis was sentenced to death 17 years ago for allegedly setting a house fire that killed two people.

U. S. District Judge Royal Ferguson held that the state had administered medically inappropriate antipsychotic drugs without Willis' consent; that the state supressed evidence favorable to

Finding justice for mentally ill defendants

May 10, 2004:     Austin American-Statesman

Finding justice for mentally ill defendants

There is little doubt that Texas will execute Kelsey Patterson on May 18 if left to its own devices. Neither is there doubt that Patterson is guilty of murdering two East Texans. Even so, this case never should have reached this point, given that Patterson is severely mentally ill.

In 1992, Patterson was wandering the streets with a hand gun when he happened upon Louis Oates, a Palestine businessman, and fatally shot him.

New Study from Texas Defender Service

NEW STUDY BY TEXAS DEFENDER SERVICE


Read Deadly Speculation - Misleading Texas Capital Juries with False Predictions of Future Dangerousness (PDF), a new report from the Texas Defender Service about the unreliability of future dangerousness predictions in Texas death penalty cases. Such speculative testimony is the key factor

Texas Must Fix Uneven Application of Death Penalty

Editorial Board

AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Even those who favor the death penalty agree that it should be applied as evenly as possible. But to do so is extremely difficult, because prosecutors in one county might pursue the death penalty while those in another county, given the same case, might not.

U.S. Supreme Court: Banks v. Dretke (formerly Banks v. Cockrell)

Prosecutorial Misconduct and Ineffective Counsel: The Case of Delma Banks, Jr.

By George Kendall, counsel for Delma Banks, Jr.

Delma Banks, Jr., is a 43-year old African-American man. The State of Texas intends to execute him on March 12, 2003. In 1980, he was convicted and death-sentenced in Bowie County (east Texas) for the murder of sixteen-year-old Richard Whitehead, a white male. From the moment of his arrest, Mr. Banks has protested that he did not kill Mr. Whitehead and is innocent of this crime. He had never before been convicted of a crime.

Preventing a Miscarriage of Justice

 

 

 

 

 

NEW YORK TIMES
April 18, 2003

Preventing a Miscarriage of Justice
Editorial

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