StandDown Texas Project

The StandDown Texas Project identifies and advocates best practices in the criminal justice system. To stand down is to go off duty temporarily, especially to review safety procedures. That is what Texas needs to do with its death penalty.

Thursday, September 30, 2004

Harris County Sets Busy Execution Schedule

Harris County judges have set eight execution dates for the period October 5 through December 1. Three other execution dates have also been set from other counties through the end of this year.

The HPD crime lab scandal, however, may be a stumbling block for Harris County. The scandal has raged for more than a year and a half, and new developments continue to explode. Recently, evidence from thousands of cases was discovered in storage boxes. According to press reports, the boxes are univentoried, and no one knows exactly what is in the boxes.

The Houston Chronicle is continuing its extraordinary coverage with an article today:
http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/metropolitan/2822548

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