Upcoming Executions
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Innocence
The death penalty puts innocent people at risk of execution.
Todd Willingham
Todd Willingham was wrongfully executed under Governor Rick Perry on February 17, 2004.

Jesse Joe Hernandez received lethal injection tonight in Huntsville for the slaying of Karlos Borja 11 years ago. Today’s execution was the 481st in Texas since 1982 and the 242nd since Rick Perry became Governor. More than 50 percent of all executions in Texas in the modern era have been conducted under Rick Perry. Call the Office of Governor Rick Perry at 512 463 2000 to give him your opinion on the death penalty.

From ABC:

The execution was carried out about two hours after the U.S. Supreme Court denied last-ditch appeals for the 47-year-old Hernandez.

There is an execution scheduled today in Texas. The U.S. Supreme Court could still stop it, according to news reports. Forty-seven-year-old Jesse Joe Hernandez is set for lethal injection Wednesday evening in Huntsville for the slaying of Karlos Borjas 11 years ago.

Today’s execution would be the 481st in Texas since 1982 and the 242nd since Rick Perry became Governor. More than 50 percent of all executions in Texas in the modern era have been conducted under Rick Perry. Call the Office of Governor Rick Perry at 512 463 2000 to give him your opinion on the death penalty.

From NBCDFW.com:

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether to block the scheduled execution of a convicted child sex offender condemned in the beating death of a 10-month-old boy he was babysitting at a home in Dallas.

Scheduled Executions in Texas

To express your opposition to any execution, you can contact Governor Rick Perry’s office at 512 463 2000. If you call after business hours, you can leave a voice mail message. During business hours, someone should answer the phone. You can also send a message using a form on Perry’s official website.

Jesse Hernandez, March 28, 2012
TDCJ Info on Jesse Hernandez

Beunka Adams, April 26, 2012
TDCJ Info on Beunka Adams

Anthony Bartee, May 2, 2012
TDCJ Info on Anthony Bartee

Steven Staley, May 16, 2012
TDCJ Info on Steven Staley

Bobby Hines, June 6, 2012
TDCJ Info on Bobby Hines

Marcus Druery, August 1, 2012
TDCJ Info on Marcus Druery

Ramon Hernandez, November 14, 2012
TDCJ Info on Ramon Hernandez

This Friday and Saturday March 23-24 in Austin there will be a symposium examining lynching and the death penalty.

The Lynching and the Death Penalty symposium begins with a keynote address by Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, titled “Lynching, Racial History and Death Penalty Disqualification.” This two-day symposium explores the historical link between lynching and the death penalty and the enduring role of lynching and race discrimination in contemporary capital litigation.

Location: Connally Center for Justice (CCJ), Eidman Courtroom 2.306
Admission: Free and open to the public; advance registration recommended
URL: http://www.utexas.edu/law/centers/capitalpunishment/lynching.html

Symposium Information:

Symposium registration and general contact:

The conference is free, but space is limited. To register for the conference and for additional information, contact Rachel Sidopulos, Center Administrator, William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, at rsidopulos@law.utexas.edu, (512) 232-6277 (phone).

 

Sponsored by:

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Student Organization Sponsors:
The American Journal of Criminal Law
Chicano/Hispanic Law Students’ Association
Texas Journal on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
The Thurgood Marshall Legal Society

Charlie Baird, the former judge who held a hearing in the Todd Willingham case in an attempt to determine if he was wrongfully executed, today criticized Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg regarding a fatal police shooting of a citizen in Austin. Baird is running against Lehmberg for Travis County DA.

Baird sent out the following email with the subject line “Where is Justice?”:

“All we know is that young man is dead and no one, presumably, is to blame.

Earlier today, a Travis County Grand Jury returned a no-bill in the case of Austin Police Officer Nathan Wagoner. Wagoner shot an unarmed, 20-year-old young man four times, including once in the back of the head, and killed him on the night of May 30, 2011.

That young man was Byron Carter, Jr. His death left his young son—Byron Carter, III.—without a father.

Byron is the latest victim in an officer-involved shooting in Travis County for whom there is no justice. As of today, with the conclusion of all grand jury presentments in this case, the only thing we know is that a young man is dead, and no one is to blame.

Time and again, law enforcement in this city has shot and killed people–mainly African Americans, like Byron–and time and again the grand juries to whom District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg and her office present these cases return no indictment.

How, when a police officer fires five shots in to two unarmed individuals in 1.5 seconds—which is what occurred in the case of Byron’s death, according to Police Chief Acavedo’s own account this afternoon—can a District Attorney not even secure an indictment for reckless discharge of a firearm against the officer?

News outlets such as the Austin Chronicle have raised significant questions about the shooting that killed Byron Carter. Today, we are left with more questions than answers.

Incidents like this, and the failure of our District Attorney to hold anyone accountable for such tragic deaths, shakes our confidence in the criminal justice system in Travis County to the very core.

No matter your race, economic background, or political bent, incidents like this should cause you to question the effectiveness and quality of our District Attorney’s Office.

Today, a son is without his father, a grandmother is without her grandson, and a community has lost its faith in its criminal justice system.

As someone who has given my life to improving our criminal justice system as a lawyer, judge, and law professor, rarely have I seen a result which has caused so many people to question the integrity of a District Attorney’s Office or the leadership of a District Attorney.

I will not, however, lose faith in our system. I know that we can do better, and I know that we can bring about justice that works for everyone in Travis County through new, bold, progressive leadership in our DA’s office.

I challenge you to also not lose faith in our system. Know that, through hard work, together you and I can work to make possible the only kind of change that counts in a situation like this: the kind of change that comes only from the ballot box.

Sincerely,

Charlie Baird

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