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Tales from death row: Justice for Rodney Reed


By: Caitlin Adams

I've been talking with Papa (aka God, Great Spirit, Goddess, Higher Power, Allah, Yahweh, Cosmic Mystery) about when I shed this bodily cocoon and I've been asking, well actually, telling him/her (Papa, from Paul Young's The Shack—I simply adore that Papa is a woman in his story!) that first thing on my new journey I'd like to take a little detour to death row to hang with Rodney for a while, get my Grizz (Rodney's second nickname that I gave him when we first met) hug, etc. I also told Papa I'd be just fine to see him at home, in Yellowstone, base camp at Mt. Everest/Chomolungma, Alpe Du Huez during the Tour de France.


I know how it works, but....

Tales from death row: Justice for Rodney Reed


By: Caitlin Adams

Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) is a world unto itself.  As an agency, it is for all intents and purposes, a free-standing entity answerable to no one. There is no meaningful oversight of TDCJ policies, procedures and practices. Now, don't misunderstand me, there are manuals governing these things. Even laws governing some. It looks good on paper, in theory. But in practice when there is any attempt to hold TDCJ to their own rules, if it is deemed as interference by the powers that be at TDCJ, it is ignored. And business as usual continues.


Above the law

Tales from death row: Justice for Rodney Reed


By: Caitlin Adams

I have a bit more to say about Lisa Tanner's comments that were aired as part of Adam Racusin's KEYE Austin story on 4/25/13 (I bet none of you are surprised!). The Attorney General's office refused an interview for the recent program, so her interview was from 2001. 

In addressing a question concerning the two beer cans found near Ms. Stites's body, this is Ms. Tanner's response:


A story, but who's telling it?

Tales from death row: Justice for Rodney Reed


By: Caitlin Adams

In the recent KEYE Austin news story by reporter Adam Racusin, I was really impacted by the statements made by Lisa Tanner, the prosecutor in Rodney's case, in an interview given in 2001.  So much so, that they just kept replaying and replaying in my mind.  Here's the first part of her comments:


Update on Rodney Reed's case.


By: Bryce Benjet

Here we are happy to have Rodney's tireless appeals lawyer, Bryce Benjet, offer a short update on the latest news in the case:


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