The Texas House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence has set a hearing for Tuesday March 29, 2011 on several death penalty related bills, including a moratorium on executions (HB 1641), abolition of the death penalty (HB 852 and HB 819), and prohibiting death sentences in Law of Parties cases (HB 855 and HB 2511).

Please make plans to attend the meeting and sign in to show your support for bills that would stop executions in Texas. The meeting will be held in room 120 of the John H. Reagan Building at 105 W. 15th Street in Austin in the capitol complex (map). We have created a Facebook event page for the committee hearing. Post the event page to your Facebook profile and invite your friends to the meeting, so we get more people to attend the meeting.

Call the members of the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee and urge them to vote in favor of a moratorium on executions, as well as the other bills that you favor.

Chair: Pete Gallego (Democrat, District 74 – Alpine)   (512) 463-0566  
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Vice Chair: Will Hartnett (Republican, District 114 – Dallas)  (512) 463-0576  
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Jose Aliseda (Republican, District 35 – Beeville)   (512) 463-0645   
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Cindy Burkett (Republican, District101 – Mesquite)  (512) 463-0464  
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Stefani Carter (Republican,District 102 – Dallas)   (512) 463-0454  
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Wayne Christian (Republican,District 9 – Center)  (512) 463-0556  
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Yvonne Davis (Democrat, District 111 – Dallas)   (512) 463-0598  
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Eddie Rodriguez (Democrat, District 51 – Austin)   (512) 463-0674   
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Bill Zedler (Republican,District 96 – Arlington)   (512) 463-0374   
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COMMITTEE: Criminal Jurisprudence

TIME and DATE: Upon final adjourn./recess
Tuesday, March 29, 2011

CHAIR: Rep. Pete Gallego

HB 819 Farrar | et al.
Relating to abolishing the death penalty.

HB 852 Dutton
Relating to abolishing the death penalty.

HB 3400 Walle
Relating to certain sentencing procedures in a capital case.

HB 1670 Coleman
Relating to the applicability of the death penalty to a capital offense committed by a person with mental retardation.

HB 1646 Gallego
Relating to representation of certain applicants for writs of habeas corpus in cases involving the death penalty.

HB 2511 Dutton
Relating to the joint or separate prosecution of a capital felony charged against two or more defendants and the extent of a defendant’s criminal responsibility for the conduct of a coconspirator in capital felony cases.

HB 566 Christian
Relating to the murder of certain individuals protected under a court order as a capital offense.

HB 1641 Dutton
Relating to the creation of a commission to study capital punishment in Texas and to a moratorium on executions.

HB 1973 Lucio III
Relating to the admissibility of certain statements in the prosecution of murder or capital murder.

HB 689 Dutton
Relating to the admissibility of certain evidence in capital cases in which the state seeks the death penalty.

HB 543 Dutton
Relating to the admissibility of certain confessions in capital cases.

HB 2337 Gallego
Relating to the admissibility in a court proceeding of certain statements.

HB 488 Dutton
Relating to standards for judicial review of certain writs of habeas corpus in capital cases.

HB 1113 Raymond
Relating to the sentencing hearing or deferred adjudication hearing and conditions of community supervision for defendants convicted of certain offenses involving controlled substances.

HB 855 Dutton
Relating to the extent of a defendant’s criminal responsibility for the conduct of a coconspirator in certain felony cases.

HB 2856 Gallego
Relating to criminal asset forfeiture, the disposition of proceeds and property from criminal asset forfeiture, and accountability for that disposition; providing civil penalties.

HB 2822 Coleman
Relating to the penalty for and certain other civil consequences of engaging in disorderly conduct for a lewd or unlawful purpose.

HB 2662 Hochberg
Relating to child abduction.

HB 748 Menendez
Relating to a criminal defendant’s incompetency to stand trial, to certain related time credits, and to the maximum period allowed for restoration of the defendant to competency.

HB 3375 Murphy
Relating to certain evidence in a prosecution of fraud or theft involving Medicaid or Medicare benefits.

HB 1029 Carter
Relating to the conditions of release on bond for certain defendants charged with the offense of burglary.

HB 1918 Larson
Relating to the appointment of counsel to represent an indigent defendant in a capital case and to the reimbursement of certain expenses incurred by appointed counsel.

HB 2374 Gallego
Relating to the taking of children into custody by certain law enforcement officers.

HB 3526 Davis, Yvonne
Relating to requiring certain victim information to be attached to certain arrest warrants.

HB 1205 Turner | et al.
Relating to the establishment of certain time credits through which a defendant’s period of community supervision is reduced.

HB 3346 Burnam
Relating to certain information available to the public on a central database containing information about sex offenders.

HB 168 Raymond
Relating to the requirements of a bail bond.

HB 2200 Miles
Relating to the joint or separate prosecution of a capital felony charged against two or more defendants.

HB 777 Gonzalez, Naomi | et al.
Relating to court costs imposed on conviction and deposited to the courthouse security fund.

HB 809 Darby
Relating to the use of certain fees collected for pretrial intervention programs offered in a county. However, you can always browse around here to find more information on legal advice. 

HB 17 Riddle | et al.
Relating to the creation of the offense of criminal trespass by an illegal alien and to certain procedures for arresting illegal aliens for committing that criminal offense.

HB 1043 Christian | et al.
Relating to creating an offense for engaging in certain conduct relating to cockfighting and to the criminal and civil consequences of committing that offense.

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