Entries tagged with “James Grigson

Jan 08, 2001

Death Trip: The American Way of Execution (Part I)

THE NATION By ROBERT SHERILL Part 1 of 2 Capital pun­ish­ment is to the rest of all law as sur­re­al­ism is to real­ism. It destroys the log­ic of the pro­fes­sion.” — Norman Mailer, The Executioner’s Song…

Policy Issues

Arbitrariness

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Race

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Dec 08, 2016

Experts Say Texas’ Future Dangerousness Concept Is Based on Junk Science

Since 1973, juries in Texas have had to deter­mine whether a defen­dant presents a future dan­ger to soci­ety before impos­ing a death sen­tence. But while they have found that each of the 244 men and women cur­rent­ly on the state’s deat…

Jun 11, 2000

Flawed Trials Lead to Death Chamber

Chicago Tribune By STEVE MILLS, KEN ARMSTRONG and DOUGLAS HOLT Tribune Staff Writers First of two parts. AUSTIN, Texas — Under Gov. George W. Bush, Texas has exe­cut­ed dozens of Death Row inmates whose cas­es were comprom…

Policy Issues

Arbitrariness

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Innocence

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Aug 31, 2009

INNOCENCE: Trial by Fire: Did Texas Execute an Innocent Man?”

In a thor­ough and pen­e­trat­ing arti­cle pub­lished in The New Yorker on August 31, David Grann offers fur­ther evi­dence that Texas prob­a­bly exe­cut­ed an inno­cent man in 2004. Grann care­ful­ly exam­ines all the e…

Policy Issues

Intellectual Disability

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Mental Illness

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Sentencing Data

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Executions Overview

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Oct 08, 2018

Law Review: Junk Mental Health Science and the Texas Death Penalty

Junk sci­ence is enabling and per­pet­u­at­ing grave mis­car­riages of jus­tice” in Texas death-penal­ty cas­es. So con­cludes Professor James Acker in his arti­cle, Snake Oil With A Bite: The Lethal Veneer of Science an…

Oct 16, 2000

Lawyers Call for Changes in Death Penalty in Texas

New York Times By JIM YARDLEY In a broad cri­tique of cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment in Texas, a new report con­cludes that the state’s death penal­ty sys­tem is in dire need of change because of prob­lems like pros­e­cu­to­r­i­al mis­con­duct, racial bias…

Executions

Executions Overview

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Oct 13, 2016

Texas Executions Drop to Lowest Level in 20 Years

Texas is poised to have the fewest num­ber of exe­cu­tions in 20 years. As of October, the state has exe­cut­ed sev­en pris­on­ers in 2016, with just one more exe­cu­tion sched­uled this cal­en­dar year. The total would mark the fewest exe­cu­tions in the state …