Monthly Archives: January 29, 2008

Karl Chamberlain still has Texas execution date Feb. 21, 2008

Dave Maass, who used to work for the San Antonio Current and now is at the Santa Fe Reporter, has an article on Karl Chamberlain in this week’s edition of the SFR. Chamberlain is the only person in Texas who currently has a scheduled execution date. All the other scheduled executions in Texas have been…read more

Texas Moratorium Network & ACLU-TX Central TX Chapter

Texas Moratorium Network & ACLU-TX Central TX Chapter invite all interested members of the community to a PUBLIC FORUM with CANDIDATES for TRAVIS COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY Monday, February 4th, 6pmat Gene’s Po Boys1209 E. 11th St. (at the Rosewood “Y”)(parking behind building) There are four candidates* -all in the Democrat primary- running to replace Ronnie…read more

Five Minutes for Rodney Reed!

Its been a while since we sent out a “five minutes for Rodney” action alert, but we hope to make alerts much more frequent. We have a march for Rodney coming up in Austin on February 2nd. Rodney needs us to promote this march far and wide- we need a big crowd to send a…read more

Eddie Saenz the progressive choice?

Rep. Aaron Pena who single handedly killed the Innocence Commission bill in the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee last year is being challenged by Eddie Saenz. Saenz was defeated by Pena in the 2004 Democratic Primary, with Pena winning 64% to Saenz’s 35% of the vote. However Saenz seems to be the progressive candidate this time….read more

The Texas Jail Project Blanket Drive, January 2008

Cold cells, no blankets. Despite state law, that’s the reality for many inmates in Texas county jails, like the seven below. Illness and depression are the results. Help us buy a fellow human being a blanket and send a message: keeping people cold is cruel. Details of the blanket drive follow the quotes. 1. Angelina…read more


By James C. HarringtonDirector, Texas Civil Rights Project As a civil rights advocate and lawyer, I always find the annual celebration of the Dr. Martin Luther King holiday both a good event and a disconcerting one. It is good that the nation has given official recognition to a person of color who lived and gave…read more

Travis County DA candidates and the death penalty

Last night several different Austin Democratic clubs participated in a combined candidate forum. All four DA candidates were present for questions. Three of the candidates were asked a question related to the death penalty, with exception of Rosemary Lehmberg. So far no one has publicly supported a moratorium on seeking the death penalty in Travis…read more

Mother of Murder Victim Urging Travis County DA Candidates to Support a Moratorium

Jeanette became intimately familiar with the many flaws of the Texas criminal justice system after two innocent men, Chris Ochoa and Richard Danziger, were wrongfully convicted of her daughter’s murder and spent 12 years in prison. They were exonerated and released in 2001. The City of Austin settled separate lawsuits with Danziger and Ochoa for…read more

This Week: State vs. Reed Film Screening and Fundraiser Party!

As we began 2008, all executions in the U.S are on hold. New Jersey recently abolished the death penalty. Here in Texas, were able to win the commutation of Texas death row prisoner Kenneth Foster, Jr. In recent weeks, there has been a lot of media around the case of Texas death row prisoner Rodney…read more