Monthly Archives: November 30, 2006

Is no MySpace sacred?

Here is the letter I sent to San Antonio Current regarding David Mass’s article on Andy Kahan. Published November 28, 2006. Kudos to Dave Maass for exposing Andy Kahan of Crime-Victim Services of Houston’s Mayor Office [“Is no MySpace sacred?” November 22-28]. Mr. Kahan has always tried to harass the anti-death penalty activists through his…read more

Atwood: We are all guilty of homicide

Here is David Atwood’s commentary in today’s Austin American Statesman. Monday, November 27, 2006 Texas has carried out 24 executions this year. It would have been 25, but Charles Nealy narrowly missed the executioner’s needle on Nov. 16. No other state in the Union had more than five executions; 46 states had one or none….read more

Social Science and Law – Jury Selection

Watch the video in QuickTime or in RealVideo. Download QuickTime Player Download RealPlayer Mary Rose is assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Texas in Austin and the School of Law. Her research concerns lay people’s understanding of law/legal practices, justice perceptions, jury behavior and emotions and law. She has written…read more

Woman’s family sues CNN, Nancy Grace

According to Associated Press the family members of Melinda Duckett are suing Nancy Grace and CNN, accusing them of “pushing over the edge.” I’m wondering if Nancy Grace could be considered an accomplice in the suicide according to the Law of Parties in Texas. Melinda Duckett shot herself to death on Sept. 8, one day…read more

Texas appeals court does not ensure justice

Austin American Statesman has another great editorial about the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Statesman earlier called for the abolition of Court of Criminal appeals and giving the charge to Texas Supreme Court: Justice is not always easy to come by in Texas, particularly for death-row inmates who have to depend on the Texas Court…read more

News Alerts

I will be at the “Dialogue on the Death Penalty” conference at the Oglethorpe University tomorrow and at the School of America’s vigil this Saturday. Here are some of the recent news alerts: Russia may extend death penalty moratoriumJURIST – USA[JURIST] Russia [JURIST news archive] may effectively extend a death penalty moratorium [Pravda report] for…read more

State Vs Rodney Reed documentary – Full Version 59 min

State vs. Reed” is a 60 minute documentary that explores an explosive capital murder trial in Texas that has resulted in a questionable death penalty conviction of Bastrop, Texas’ Rodney Reed. Reed, a then-28 year-old black male with a minor criminal record, was convicted in 1998 of the murder of Stacey Stites, a 19 year-old…read more

TSADP essay contest

The TSADP Essay Contest is open to all 11th and 12th grade Texas high school students. To participate, you must write an essay explaining why a moratorium on executions is necessary in Texas. Essays are judged on both style and content. The winning essay must demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the death penalty system in…read more