Chuck Lindell of the Austin American-Statesman has links to the two petitions filed by Texas Defender Service that resulted in the yesterday afternoon's stay of execution issued by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. His blog post is here.The request for a stay is here.
The organization also filed a second petition that goes into greater detail.
Both petitions argued that the Texas court has not reviewed the way
the state administers lethal injection despite requesting briefs on two
challenges. The motions also noted that Texas recently changed its
execution protocol, but no court has reviewed the change.In the Houston Chronicle, Rosanna Ruiz reports, "
Killer's execution delayed ."Sonnier was scheduled to die once before, but Harris County
prosecutors set aside the Feb...continue to full post
More on Texas Lethal Injection Stay Chuck Lindell of the Austin American-Statesman has links to the two petitions filed by Texas Defender Service that resulted in the yesterday afternoon's stay of execution issued by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals...
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Blawg of the Day -- Texas Criminal Law I'm really happy to see more and more Texas law blogs lately. Today we'll feature Texas Criminal Law, which is published by the Law Offices of Walter Reaves. Walter is a Waco lawyer, and he's discussing criminal defense in such areas as evidence and procedure, forensics, habeas corpus, sentencing, and more.
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