Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

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

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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.

Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

TCADP 2018 Annual Conference in Dallas February 17, 2018

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 supporters from across the state and hear about the progress we are making towards ending the death penalty in Texas!

The TCADP 2018 Annual Conference will take place on Saturday, February 17, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. 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.

Contact us at 512-441-1808 or khoule@tcadp.org if you have questions.

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TCADP November 2017 Alert:
Lowest public support for death penalty in 45 years

In the November edition of the TCADP monthly newsletter, you’ll find information about scheduled executions, recent Gallup poll data, and the TCADP 2018 Annual Conference. You’ll also find a list of upcoming events in El Paso and San Antonio.

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Scheduled Executions
The State of Texas is scheduled to execute one person this month:

  • On November 8, Ruben Cardenas is scheduled to be put to death for the 1997 murder of Mayra Laguna in Hidalgo County. In accordance with the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, as a Mexican-national, Cardenas had the right to contact the Mexican consulate upon arrest. He was unaware of this right. As a result, he was interrogated and confessed without any form of legal representation.

Take action: Write letters to Governor Abbott and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles to stop the execution of Ruben Cardenas. For talking points and case details from Amnesty International, click here.

Texas accounts for 6 out of the 21 executions nationwide thus far in 2017. Currently, there is one execution scheduled in Texas in December.

Attend a vigil in your community on the day of executions. Information and updates on cases are available on our website and through Facebook and Twitter.
 

Upcoming Events:

February 17, 2018: TCADP 2018 Annual Conference in Dallas Register Today!

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October 2017 Rio Texas MFSA newsletter

Please find the October 2017 Rio Texas MFSA newsletter here: 2017 Oct

 

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Scheduled Executions
The State of Texas is scheduled to execute two individuals this month:

  • On May 16, Tilon Carteris scheduled to be executed for the robbery and murder of 89-year-old James Eldon Tomlin in April 2004 in Fort Worth. Following Carter’s sentencing in 2006, his appeals focused on the deficiency of his trial lawyers, as well as faulty jury instructions.  The U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider his appeals last year.

    Carter was originally scheduled to be executed on February 7, 2017, but the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals granted him a stay after the trial court missed the deadline to notify the Office of Capital and Forensic Writs of the execution date. If it proceeds, Carter’s execution would be the third out of Tarrant County this year. Tarrant County accounts for 40 executions since 1982.

  • On May 24, Juan Castillo is scheduled to be put to death for the robbery and murder of 19-year-old Tommy Garcia, Jr. in December 2003 in San Antonio. During the punishment phase of his trial, Castillo fired his attorneys and represented himself; he made no final argument to the jury. In 2007, Castillo tried to appeal his sentence based on insufficient evidence, faulty testimony, and the unconstitutionality of the death penalty. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals rejected his claims. The S. Supreme Court rejected similar appeals in October 2016.

    If it proceeds, Castillo’s execution would be the second out of Bexar County this year; there is one other individual convicted in Bexar County scheduled to be put to death. Bexar County accounts for 43 executions since 1982.

Texas accounts for four out of the ten executions nationwide thus far in 2017.  At this time, there are three additional executions scheduled in Texas through July.

Attend a vigil in your community on the day of executions. Information and updates on cases are available on our website and through Facebook and Twitter.

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SCOTUS Rules Duane Buck Entitled to New Sentencing Hearing in Texas Racial Bias Death Penalty Case

(Washington, D.C., February 22, 2017) Today, in a 6-2 decision in Buck v. Davis, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Texas death row prisoner Duane Buck, who was sentenced to death after a Houston jury heard false and unconstitutional testimony from a defense “expert” that Mr. Buck was more likely to be a future danger because he is Black. Today’s ruling means Mr. Buck will either be resentenced to life imprisonment, or receive a new sentencing hearing untainted by racial bias.

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March 28: Join TCADP and Texas Impact at the State Capitol in Austin for our second Faith Leader Advocacy Day on the Death Penalty.  Together, we will make sure legislators hear the loud and growing chorus of voices in opposition to the death penalty. Register online today.

Executions Scheduled in 2017
John Ramirez – Stay granted
March 7: Rolando Ruiz
March 14: James Bigby
April 12: Paul Storey
May 16: Tilon Carter
May 24: Juan Castillo

June 28: Steven Long
July 19: Kosoul Chanthakoummane