Rodney Reed case gets a fresh look by the 5th Circuit Court

By: Lily Hughes
Thursday, December 5, 2013

Yesterday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans heard oral arguments in the case of Texas death row prisoner Rodney Reed. This is the first time that this court has reviewed the case. 

Rodney's family and supporters held a press conference and vigil in Austin during the same time that his lawyers presented the case before the court, in a show of solidarity. Rodney's mom Sandra expressed to the media there how happy the family is that the court is taking a closer look at the case. They are confident that the evidence in this case will demonstrate to the court that that Rodney Reed is in fact innocent and deserves relief.

Posted below are several links to news stories regarding the event in Austin and the court hearing - Rodney's lawyer's expected to mainly focus on the issue of Ineffective Assistance of Counsel and the failure to present forensic evidence demonstrating innocence by Rodney's previous attornies.  A recent US Supreme Court case specific to Texas, Trevino v. Thaler, has provided a new opening for these types of claims.
At the event, we also took a picture with a happy birthday sign for Rodney - his birthday is December 22. The picture is posted on Rodney's Facebook support page and many of his supporters plan to send him a card in for his birthday and for the holidays. You can send him a card at:
Rodney Reed
Polunsky Unit
3872 FM 350 South
Livingston, TX, 77351

For more facts about the case, check out this fact sheet by the CEDP.

Story from KEYE - Austin's CBS affiliate.