Manuel Velez, sentenced to die in 2008 based on flawed science, stepped into the sun on Wednesday, free for the first time in years.
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Compounding pharmacies are suddenly taking an interest in big-name politicians like Greg Abbott, as they face tough new regulations and controversy over supplying drugs for state executions.
The number of death sentences in Texas has been declining in Texas recently.
Maurice Chammah examines a declining trend in executions while profiling a small-town district attorney who must decide whether to seek the death penalty.
As executions decline in Texas, a small-town prosecutor decides whether to seek the death penalty.
Allison Wright reviews Houston author David Dow’s Things I’ve Learned from Dying.
Maurice Chammah discusses his story, “The Recanters” which asks what happens when claims of abuse come undone.
Texas’ shortage of death penalty drugs has created a strange situation in a state where there’s still strong support for the death penalty—and most people even think it’s being fairly applied.
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 move to a career in law sometimes means the end of the dream for aspiring writers, a time to put away toiled-over drafts for legal briefs. For Elizabeth Silver, however, the legal world was just the beginning of her life as a novelist.