Two celebrated murder cases have disintegrated in the past two years, both freeing wrongly convicted men — Anthony Graves in 2010, Michael Morton in 2011 — and allowing the real killers to go free. Both involve serious, credible accusations of prosecutorial misconduct; both point to the need for reform. So might the Hank Skinner murder case out of West Texas. His execution was postponed last month pending a ruling on whether he could have untested evidence subjected to DNA exams. That access was the intent of a newly passed law, and if courts aren’t reading it as such, further legislative action is needed. Lawmakers should launch their research now.
Texas Moratorium Network (TMN) is a non-profit organization with the primary goal of mobilizing statewide support for a moratorium on executions in Texas. Significant death penalty reform in Texas, including a moratorium on executions, is a viable goal if the public is educated on the death penalty system and is encouraged to contact their elected representatives to urge passage of moratorium legislation.
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