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UPDATE August 22 at 6 PM: John Balentine received a stay of execution.

There are now nine executions scheduled in Texas for the remainder of the year, including John Balentine today. There have already been seven executions this year. Last year there were 13 executions in Texas. The most executions in one year was in 2000 when there were 40.

If there are no stays and all the executions take place, the total number of executions in Texas in the modern era will reach 493.

To protest the execution of John Balentine on August 22, call Texas Governor Rick Perry at 512 463 2000.

You can also call any member of the Texas House of Representatives and urge them to support a moratorium on execution in the next legislative session that begins in January 2013.

 

Scheduled Executions

Scheduled Execution Link Last Name First Name TDCJ Number Date of Birth Race Date Received County
08/22/2012 Offender Information Balentine John 999315 01/30/1969 B 06/11/1999 Potter
09/20/2012 Offender Information Harris Robert 999364 02/28/1972 B 10/06/2000 Dallas
09/25/2012 Offender Information Foster Cleve 999470 10/24/1963 W 03/01/2004 Tarrant
10/10/2012 Offender Information Green Jonathan 999421 12/23/1967 B 07/17/2002 Montgomery
10/18/2012 Offender Information Haynes Anthony 999330 01/22/1979 B 11/03/1999 Harris
10/31/2012 Offender Information Roberts Donnie 999487 02/09/1971 W 10/28/2004 Polk
11/08/2012 Offender Information Swain Mario 999475 02/28/1979 B 04/08/2004 Gregg
11/14/2012 Offender Information Hernandez Ramon 999431 11/8/1971 H 10/21/2002 Bexar
11/15/2012 Offender Information Hughes Preston 939 12/24/1965 B 05/17/1989 Harris
12/12/2012 Offender Information Avila, Jr. Rigoberto 999391 08/05/1972 H 07/19/2001 El Paso

Last updated August 21, 2012

To protest the execution of John Balentine on August 22, call Texas Governor Rick Perry at 512 463 2000.

You can also call any member of the Texas House of Representatives and urge them to support a moratorium on execution in the next legislative session that begins in January 2013.

From the AP:

A former auto mechanic who shot and killed three of his former housemates while they were sleeping 14 years ago appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to delay his execution for a third time.
John Balentine, 43, was scheduled to die by injection Wednesday evening.

Balentine, who had a long criminal record in his native Arkansas before he killed the three Texas teens in January 1998, avoided lethal injection in September 2009 when a federal appeals court gave him a reprieve a day before his scheduled trip to the Texas death chamber. Then in June 2011, he was within an hour of execution when the U.S. Supreme Court stopped it.

Balentine’s attorney is seeking to stop his execution again.

“I thought it was done the last time,” Randall Sims, the district attorney in Amarillo, said. “The sad part of every delay is it’s not closure for the families of the victims.”

Balentine’s lawyer, Lydia Brandt, argued he had deficient legal help at his 1999 trial, that his legal assistance during early appeals also was faulty and that the deficiencies have led to issues that should be reviewed in the courts but can’t be addressed now because they weren’t properly brought up earlier.

“Mr. Balentine’s case is illustrative of why capitally sentenced prisoners in Texas have no meaningful opportunity to raise (these) claims,” Brandt told the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Katherine Hayes, an assistant Texas attorney general, disagreed, saying the latest appeals were “only another attempt to delay … proceedings and further postpone his impending execution.”

A three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit refused Balentine’s appeal, and Brandt’s request for a rehearing before the full appeals court was rejected 11-4 by the court Tuesday. Brandt then took the case to the Supreme Court.

On Monday, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, voting 7-0, rejected a clemency petition for Balentine.

His guilt was not an issue in the appeals.

The 250th execution carried out under Texas Governor Rick Perry is scheduled to take place on Halloween, October 31, 2012. Donnie Lee Roberts Jr is scheduled to lie down on the gurney and become the 250th person executed since Rick Perry became governor in 2000. No other  governor in U.S. history has seen more executions carried out while in office than Rick Perry. Todd Willingham, an innocent person, was wrongfully executed in 2004 after Perry refused to stop the execution to allow new scientific evidence to be fully investigated that a fire that killed Willingham’s three daughters was not an arson fire.

Texas Moratorium Network is calling on people in cities across Texas and elsewhere to organize protests on the date of the 250th execution to call attention to Rick Perry’s appalling record on the death penalty. If there are any stays of execution for the people currently scheduled for execution before the 250th, then the date of the 250th execution will change.

We also urge everyone to attend the 13th Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty in Austin at the Texas Capitol on November 3, 2012.

In 2009, TMN spearheaded protests in Texas as well as in Canada, France, Germany and Belgium of the 200th execution under Perry.

Dr. Jerry Williams, a Stephen F. Austin sociology professor was a speaker at the Walls Unit protest in 2009.  His sister was brutally murdered and her killer only spent 15 years in prison. He explained at the protest on the day of the 200th execution why he doesn’t believe in execution. “I hated him. I wanted to see him die. I wanted to see him suffer in prison. And I thought justice would be done only in the way, but what I realized over time was that my hate really diminished me. It damaged me and did nothing for him”.

If you plan to hold a protest of the 250th execution under Rick Perry, contact us at admin@texasmoratorium.org and let us know about it, so we can help spread the word for people to attend your protest.

Next year, Texas could reach 500 executions in the modern era after the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty. Texas carried out its first execution after the reintroduction of capital punishment in 1982. We plan to encourage and help organize worldwide protests when Texas reaches 500 executions. Right now, there have been 484 executions in Texas since 1982.

Today’s immoral execution of Marvin Wilson took place because of the unscientific rules adopted by the all-Republican Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, which is led by Sharon Keller. Those rules are used to determine who is ineligible for execution because of mental retardation or other intellectual disability. Marvin Wilson had an IQ of 61, but he was found to be eligible for execution according to the CCA rules.

If you want to help prevent people with mental retardation from being executed, donate to Keith Hampton’s campaign or volunteer for him, so that Texas can have one person on the CCA who appreciates science. Send a message that you are angry that Texas executed a person with mental retardation by donating to Keith Hampton’s campaign.

If elected, Keith Hampton will be the only judge who has handled death penalty cases in all stages of litigation – from accusation, trial, appeal, and all post-conviction proceedings, including appearing before the Supreme Court of the United States.

The state of Texas has executed Marvin Wilson, a man who shouldn’t have been eligible for the death penalty because of his low IQ. If you are angry that Texas has executed a person with an IQ of 61, then plan to come to the 13th Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty at the Texas Capitol on November 3, 2012 at 2 PM.

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