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Alfred Dewayne Brown deemed “actually innocent”

Alfred Dewayne Brown was declared “actually innocent” today by the Harris County District Attorney’s (DA) Office.   DA Kim Ogg accepted the findings of a special prosecutor appointed by her office in May 2018 to investigate the case.

Brown was released from death row in 2015 after prosecutors dismissed the charges against him.  In 2014, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) overturned his conviction due to evidence of prosecutorial misconduct.  Since then, he has fought for compensation from the State of Texas for his wrongful incarceration.  Although phone records withheld by the prosecution corroborated Brown’s alibi, he was not declared officially innocent (until today) and was thereby ineligible for compensation.

Brown spent a decade on death row for the murder of Houston Police Officer Charles R. Clark at a check-cashing business in 2003.  He is the 13th person exonerated and released from death row in Texas.  Nationally, 164 people have been exonerated and released from death row.

Read the statement from the Harris County District Attorney’s Office here:
https://app.dao.hctx.net/special-prosecutors-report-state-texas-v-alfred-dewayne-brown

Read the full report from Special Prosecutor John Raley here:
http://2019-03-01 Report of Special Prosecutor re Brown_Final_.pdf 

Read coverage of today’s developments from the Texas Tribune:
https://www.texastribune.org/2019/03/01/alfred-dewayne-brown-innocent-death-row/

 

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TCADP 2019 Annual Conference

TCADP’s Annual Conference is a one-day event geared towards anyone interested in learning about the death penalty and becoming involved in our efforts.  It features a panel discussion, workshops, a keynote address, and the presentation of our annual awards.  You don’t want to miss this opportunity to connect with advocates from across the state and hear about the progress we are making towards ending the death penalty in Texas!
The TCADP 2019 Annual Conference will take place on Saturday, February 16, 2019 in downtown Austin. Registration includes breakfast and the awards luncheon.  Tickets are available for the luncheon and keynote address for those who can attend only part of the day. We accept cash, check, or credit card as payment.

 

You can also register for the conference through your TCADP profile in the givi app.

Contact khoule@tcadp.org if you have any problems with this registration form or questions about the conference.

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Join the European Union, the German Consulate General Houston, and TCADP on Thursday, November 15, 2018 for the Houston debut of “True Conviction,” followed by a panel discussion with exonerees, Christopher Scott and Steven Phillips.  University of Houston-Downtown, 7:00 to 9:00 PM. RSVP here.

Register for the TCADP 2019 Annual Conference, which will take place on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at St. David’s Episcopal Church in downtown Austin.

Click here for more information on all upcoming events.

Executions in 2018

Scheduled
November 14: Robert Moreno Ramos
December 4: Joseph Garcia
December 11: Alvin Braziel, Jr.

Executed
January 18: Anthony Shore
January 30: William Rayford
February 1: John Battaglia
March 27: Rosendo Rodriguez
April 25: Erick Davila
May 16: Juan Castillo
June 27: Danny Bible
July 17: Chris Young
September 26: Troy Clark
September 27: Daniel Acker

Commuted
February 22: Thomas Whitaker

Stay Granted or Date Withdrawn
Clifton Williams (scheduled for 6/21)
Ruben Gutierrez (scheduled for 9/12)
Juan Segundo (scheduled for 10/10)
Kwame Rockwell (scheduled for 10/24)
Emanuel Kemp (scheduled for 11/7)

Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

The State of Texas has put eight individuals to death this year, accounting for more than half of the executions nationwide and surpassing the total number of people put to death in 2017.  There are currently seven additional executions scheduled to take place in Texas through December.

According to the Texas Tribune, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) recently purchased 15 new doses of pentobarbital, the drug used in lethal injections.  In June, the Texas Supreme Court declined to overturn a lower court ruling that a pharmacy that supplied drugs to TDCJ in 2014 must be revealed under the state’s public information law.  The state has filed a motion for rehearing.

Executions Scheduled in 2018

September 12: Ruben Gutierrez
September 26: Troy Clark
September 27: Daniel Acker
October 10: Juan Segundo
October 24: Kwame Rockwell
November 7: Emanuel Kemp
December 4: Joseph Garcia

In case you missed it

Former prosecutor, committee chairman supports abolition
State Representative Joe Moody, who represents House District 78 in El Paso and serves as the Chairman of the Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee, recently published a powerful opinion piece explaining why he has “moved from longtime support of capital punishment to the moral certainty that it’s time for Texas to abolish the death penalty.”

The piece has been published in the Texas Tribune (TribTalk), the El Paso Times, and the Austin-American Statesman.  Thank Representative Moody for his leadership by emailing him at joe.moody@house.texas.gov or posting a supportive comment on one of the media outlets listed above.

September 12: Public lecture by exoneree Anthony Graves, University of Incarnate Word, San Antonio.  Download the flier.

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Executions in 2018

Scheduled
May 16: Juan Castillo
June 21: Clifton Williams
June 27: Danny Bible
July 17: Christopher Young
September 20: Ruben Gutierrez

Executed
January 18: Anthony Shore
January 30: William Rayford
February 1: John Battaglia
March 27: Rosendo Rodriguez
April 25: Erick Davila

Commuted
February 22: Thomas Whitaker

May 9: The TCADP San Antonio Chapter will host a member meeting at the Law Alumni Room in the Sarita Kenedy East Law Library (1 Camino Santa Maria St.) at St. Mary’s Law School on Wednesday, May 9.  The meeting will begin at 6:30 PM.  For more information, please contact sanantonio@tcadp.org.  The TCADP San Antonio Chapter meets on the second Wednesday of every month.

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Upcoming TCADP events

April 4: Anthony Graves at Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston

April 26: Discussion and book signing with Alison Flowers in Fort Worth

April 30: “True Conviction” on PBS

Click here for more information on upcoming events.

Executions in 2018

Scheduled

April 25: Erick Davila
May 16: Juan Castillo
June 21: Clifton Williams
June 27: Danny Bible
July 17: Christopher Young

Executed

January 18: Anthony Shore
January 30: William Rayford
February 1: John Battaglia
March 27: Rosendo Rodriguez

Commuted

February 22: Thomas Whitaker

Death Sentence Commuted

(From Texas Tribune Feb 22) – Gov. Greg Abbott spared the life of a death row inmate Thomas Whitaker less than an hour before his scheduled execution.

More than 10 years had passed and nearly 150 people had been executed since a Texas governor last spared an inmate from a death sentence.

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott broke that streak at the last minute Thursday when he accepted the state parole board’s rare and unanimous recommendation to grant clemency for death row inmate Thomas Whitaker. Abbott’s order came down less than an hour before Whitaker’s scheduled execution. Whitaker was set to die for the 2003 murders of his mother and brother in Fort Bend County.

It was the first time the board had recommended to change a death sentence to life in prison since 2009 and the first time a governor accepted the change since 2007.

Abbott, a staunch supporter of the death penalty, said he granted clemency for Whitaker for many reasons: The triggerman in the murders got a lesser sentence; his father, a victim of the crime, passionately opposed the execution, and Whitaker had voluntarily waived all claims to parole in exchange, meaning he will spend the rest of his life behind bars.