Monthly Archives: February 28, 2009

Maryland’s Death Penalty in its Final Throes

For those who haven’t been following the death penalty situation in Maryland, it’s a little complicated when you go into all the political players and dynamics, but the basic story is that the catholic, Democratic Mayor of Baltimore turned governor, Martin O’Malley, has decided to make repeal a key part of his legacy at a…read more

TDPAM Reports on the Willie Pondexter Press Conference

Dear Friends, The Abolition Movement had a surprisingly successful press conference today for Willie Pondexter. If you’re in Houston, check out channels 11(CBS), 39 (CW), and 47 (Telemundo). Also the Houston Chronicle came. KTRH 740 AM (Clear Channel) just called and did an interview and said it would air Friday morning. The Abolition Movement wants…read more

Yogurt Shop Hearing Postponed, Again!

With so many postponed hearings, it looks like that there will not be a new trial anytime soon. Steven Kreytak of the Austin American-Statesman reports: State District Judge Mike Lynch scheduled the hearing last month after lawyers for Robert Springsteen IV asked him to reduce Springsteen’s bail because of recently discovered DNA evidence that defense…read more

Press Conference on Willie Pondexter, Scheduled to be Executed on March 3

February 25, Contacts: Gloria Rubac 713-503-2633 Njeri Shakur 713-237-0713 Press Conference on Willie Pondexter, Scheduled to be Executed on March 3;Why Pondexter Deserves Clemency, Why Texas Should Halt This ExecutionFriends and advocates of Willie Pondexter will hold a press conference at 11:00 AM at S.H.A.P.E. Community Center, 3815 Live Oak, on Thursday, February 26, five…read more

Weekend Editorials on Sharon Keller

The Austin American-Statesman‘s editorial says that Sharon Keller should not resign and should stand trial, because “at trial, the sordid events of Sept. 25 would be aired before Texas and the world. Keller’s cold-blooded and process-centered approach to justice would be on vivid display. A trial would expose Keller’s heartless missteps to a fascinated world.”…read more

Texas judge faces public hearing for conduct over 2007 death-penalty appeal

That’s Diane Jennings latest article at the Dallas Morning News. You can read the notice of formal proceedings here. The top judge of Texas’ highest criminal court was told Thursday that she’ll have to publicly defend her 2007 decision to close the court at 5 p.m. rather than allow a last-minute appeal in the case…read more

Notice of Formal Proceedings Against Sharon Keller

In 2007 Texas Moratorium Network was one of several groups that filed a judicial complaint against Sharon Keller. Our complaint was co-signed by almost 1900 people. In 2007, we also talked to several legislators who also subsequently signed on to a complaint or filed their own complaints against Keller: Reps Dutton, Olivo, Coleman, Farrar and…read more

New York Times Editorial: Investigating Judge Keller

February 19, 2009New York TimesEDITORIALInvestigating Judge Keller Sharon Keller, a Texas appellate court judge, made headlines in 2007 when she was reported to have ordered the court clerk’s office to close promptly at 5 p.m., preventing a death-row inmate from filing an emergency appeal. The inmate was executed. A Texas legislator is now trying to…read more