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The bill by Representative Jeff Leach would prohibit the imposition of the death penalty in law of parties cases in which the person charged under the law of parties did not kill anyone or intend anyone to be killed. It passed the full House on second reading 139-4. It passed on third reading the next day and has now been sent to the Senate.



Both Rep Jeff Leach’s and Rep Harold Dutton’s separate bills to prohibit the death penalty in law of parties cases have passed the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence and will now go to the Calendars Committee to be voted on whether to be sent to the full House for a vote. The votes on both were 7-2.

The Law of Parties bill by Rep Leach has several co-authors now, including two more Republicans, Rep. Smithee and Rep. Patterson. Rep. Dutton also signed on to the Leach bill.…
Leach 01/25/2021
Thompson, Senfronia 04/15/2021
Dutton 04/15/2021
Smithee 04/15/2021
Coauthors (2) Date Signed On
Ordaz Perez 03/24/2021
Patterson 04/12/2021

Texas State Rep Jeff Leach, a Republican, in this video makes a persuasive argument for his bill to end the death penalty in law of parties cases at the hearing of the Texas House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence on April 6, 2021. He also made it clear that it is his legislative intent that the bill, if passed, would result in removing people like Jeff Wood who are already on death row because of the law of parties. His remarks should convince enough Republicans to support the bill that it could pass the committee and the entire House. He would not be testifying and would not have filed his bill if family members like Terri Been, Jeff Wood’s sister, and other people had not contacted him in 2016 about Jeff’s case to ask him to sign a clemency letter.

More on Jeff Wood’s cases at

Join the ACS DC, Chicago, and Minneapolis-St. Paul Lawyer Chapters and the Texas Moratorium Network for a presentation by exonerated death-row inmate Juan Melendez.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021 7:30PM – 8:30PM EDT

Juan Melendez spent nearly 18 years on Florida’s death row for a crime he did NOT commit. In January 2002, he became the 99th death-row inmate to be exonerated and released since 1973. His case highlights persistent and pervasive problems in America’s death penalty system. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about Juan’s struggle for freedom, and his inspirational story of human resilience, courage, faith and forgiveness. Juan’s presentation will follow a Q&A session featuring capital punishment experts Richard Dieter and Judi Caruso.


Judi Caruso, Attorney, New Mexico Law Office of the Public Defender; Former Board Member, Witness to Innocence
Richard Dieter, Former Executive Director, Death Penalty Information Center of DC; Board Member, Witness to Innocence
Juan Melendez, Exonerated Death-Row Inmate

Moderated by:

Hooman Hedayati, Member and Attorney, Texas Moratorium Network Board; Member, ACS DC Lawyer Chapter Board of Directors; ACS Next Generation Leader

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