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, November 11, 2004

Clemency Petition Seeks Time for Investigation

Frances Newton, an African-American from Houston, is scheduled to be executed by Texas on December 1. David Dow, Director of the Texas Innocence Network at the University of Houston Law Center, has filed a clemency petition with the Board of Pardons and Paroles asking for a 120 day reprieve to allow time for an investigation in the case.

To view the Houston Chronicle's article, go to:

At the heart of Newton's case is ballistics analysis conducted by the HPD crime lab. Newton has always maintained her innocence. HPD Chief Harold Hurtt has already called for a moratorium on executions from Harris County due to problems with the lab.

This will be a story to watch as it develops.


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