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.

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Perry Issues Reprieve in Frances Newton Case

Newton's case has attracted world-wide attention because she is female and has a serious claim of actual innocence. Her case had recently caught the attention of Judges William Sessions and Charles Baird.

The OpEd is here.

Earlier today, Houston Mayor Bill White called on the governor to issue the reprieve, echoing Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt's earlier call for a moratorium on executions from Harris County until crime lab problems are settled.

South Africa's Mail & Guardian had a report on the Newton case. LINK


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