Entries tagged with “Melissa Elizabeth Lucio

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Aug 17, 2021

Anti-Violence Advocates, Prosecutors, and Innocence Groups File Supreme Court Briefs in Support of Battered Woman on Texas Death Row

A coali­tion of advo­cates for vic­tims of domes­tic and gen­der-based vio­lence, for­mer pros­e­cu­tors, legal schol­ars, and inno­cence orga­ni­za­tions have filed briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court in sup­port of a Texas woman who was sen­tenced to death for what foren­sic evi­dence sug­gests may have been an acci­den­tal fall that killed her two-year-old daughter.

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Arbitrariness

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Women

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Feb 17, 2021

Divided Federal Appeals Court Reinstates Death Sentence for Texas Mother of Child Who May Have Died in Accidental Fall

Continuing an unpar­al­leled pat­tern of rul­ings adverse to Texas death-row pris­on­ers, a divid­ed U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has rein­stat­ed the con­vic­tion and death sen­tence of a moth­er con­vict­ed of killing her two-year-old daugh­ter in what, the defense has argued, was actu­al­ly an acci­den­tal fall.

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Innocence

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Women

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Jul 31, 2019

Federal Appeals Court Overturns Mother’s Conviction in Texas Child Murder Case That May Have Been an Accidental Death

Citing tri­al court inter­fer­ence in her right to present a defense, a fed­er­al appeals court has over­turned the con­vic­tion of a Texas moth­er who was sen­tenced to death on charges that she had mur­dered her two-year-old daugh­ter. In an unpub­lished, unsigned opin­ion issued on July 29, 2019, a unan­i­mous three-judge pan­el of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit said that tri­al court rul­ings that blocked Melissa Elizabeth Lucio (pic­tured) from call­ing an expert wit­ness to chal­lenge the reli­a­bil­i­ty of state­ments she gave to police vio­lat­ed Lucio’s right…

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Innocence

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International

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Representation

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Upcoming Executions

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Conditions on Death Row

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Mar 02, 2022

Melissa Lucio Files Motions to Vacate Death Warrant, Remove Judge and District Attorney Based on Conflicts of Interest

Lawyers for Texas death-row pris­on­er Melissa Lucio (pic­tured) have moved to vacate her April 27, 2022 exe­cu­tion date and remove the judge and dis­trict attor­ney in her case because of con­flicts of inter­est stem­ming from their employ­ment of key mem­bers of Lucio’s orig­i­nal defense team.

Policy Issues

Innocence

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Upcoming Executions

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Apr 25, 2022

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Stays Melissa Lucio’s Execution and Orders Hearing on Her Innocence Claims

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has halt­ed the sched­uled April 27, 2022 exe­cu­tion of Melissa Lucio and direct­ed that a Cameron County tri­al court con­duct a hear­ing to address evi­dence that she may be inno­cent of charges that she mur­dered her two-year-old daugh­ter, Mariah (pic­tured, being held by her mother).

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Innocence

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Representation

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Women

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Oct 25, 2021

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Review Federal Appeals Court Ruling Overturning Grant of a New Trial for Texas Woman on Death Row for What May Have Been the Accidental Death of Her Child

The U.S. Supreme Court on October 18, 2021 denied review in the case of Texas death-row pris­on­er Melissa Elizabeth Lucio (pic­tured). Lucio was con­vict­ed and sen­tenced to death on charges that she mur­dered her two-year-old daugh­ter, Mariah. Lucio has long main­tained that Mariah died from an acci­den­tal fall.