Report: Texas Death Penalty System Needs Top-to-Bottom Reform

The ABA report makes recommendations on every stage of Texas’s capital punishment system. Law enforcement should use model practices when dealing with eyewitnesses; interrogations should be videotaped; biological evidence should be safely preserved and defendants should be able to have it tested. Crime lab standards should be standardized and test results verified independently and often. Texas should use national standards for arson investigations, give juries better instructions, and provide adequate counsel for defendants in every stage of the process.

Yet even if these and all the other recommendations were all followed, Anthony Graves would not be satisfied.

A Horse Opera of a Different Color

Kent manages a fresh take on a tale that could have been just another redundant entry in the Lonesome Dove sweepstakes.