News and Updates

Justice for Louis Castro Perez!

By: Lily Hughes
Campaign to End the Death Penalty
Monday, March 17, 2014

The 5th Circuit Court has released an opinion denying relief to innocent Texas death row prisoner Louis Castro Perez. Many folks will be familiar with the case through Louis' sister, Delia Perez Meyer, who sits on the board of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty.

A Letter From Ray Jasper, Who Is About to Be Executed

By: Hamilton Nolan
Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Texas death row inmate Ray Jasper is scheduled to be put to death on March 19. He has written us a letter that, he acknowledges, "could be my final statement on earth." It is well worth your time.

Mexican Edgar Tamayo executed in Texas despite last-minute pleas

Tamayo, 46, executed in the face of political pressure from the Mexican government and the US state department

Credit: Richard Carson/Reuters
Protestors urge Texan authorities not to execute Edgar Tamayo
By: Tom Dart
The Guardian
Thursday, January 23, 2014

Texas executed a Mexican citizen on Wednesday night despite an international outcry and warnings that his death could damage relations between the US and Mexico.

Death Watch: Reed Appeal Rejected at 5th Circuit

Lawyers consider next move

Rodney Reed
By: Jordan Smith
The Austin Chronicle
Friday, January 17, 2014

Just over a month after it considered oral arguments in the case, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Jan. 10 rejected the latest appeal from Rodney Reed, on death row for the rape and murder of Stacey Stites.

We are all Troy Davis

By: Review by Lily Hughes
International Socialist Review
Friday, January 17, 2014


Troy Davis was an innocent man killed by the State of Georgia on September 21, 2012, after spending over twenty years on death row and facing four separate execution dates. His case sparked a worldwide movement to save his life. 

Chilling Testimony Of Death Row Executioners Casts Dark Shadow Over Entire System

By: Laura Dimon
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

At some point for Fred Allen, something snapped. He’d done one too many. He broke.

Rodney Reed appeal denied by the 5th Circuit - JUSTICE FOR RODNEY REED!

Rodney Reed
By: Lily Hughes
Monday, January 13, 2014

On late last Friday the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals handed down its ruling in the case of Texas death row prisoner Rodney Reed. The court denied relief, upholding an earlier ruling by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

Rodney Reed seeking relief on death row

By: Patty Finney
Elgin Courier
Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Is an innocent Bastrop County man on death row?

Skinner attorneys: DNA points to uncle as the killer

By: Timothy P. Howsare
The Pampa News
Thursday, January 2, 2014

An advisory submitted to the 31st District Court in Pampa and the Texas Attorney General’s office by convicted murderer Hank Skinner’s attorneys points to Robert Donnell, Twila Busby’s deceased uncle, as the real killer in the triple homicide that occurred on New Year’s Eve in 1993.

In the advisory, submitted in late August, Skinner’s attorneys, Douglas Robinson and Robert Owen, cite results of a third round of DNA tests performed by an independent laboratory in Lorton, Va.

Exclusive: Dying Lawyer Lynne Stewart’s Jubilant Return Home After Winning Compassionate Release

Credit: Photo: Renée Feltz
my Goodman interviews Lynne Stewart as she is greeted by her supporters upon her arrival at the airport in New York City. Husband Ralph Poynter looks on.
Democracy Now!
Thursday, January 2, 2014

The civil rights attorney Lynne Stewart has returned home from prison after a federal judge ordered her compassionate release. Stewart is 74 years old and dying from late-stage breast cancer. Viewed by supporters as a political prisoner, she had served almost four years of a 10-year sentence for distributing press releases on behalf of her client, Omar Abdel-Rahman, an Egyptian cleric known as the "blind Sheikh." Stewart arrived to a group of cheering supporters in New York City on Wednesday. Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman and Renée Feltz were at the airport to cover the homecoming and speak with Stewart about her time behind bars and her plans to continue fighting for political prisoners — and for her own life — now that she's free.