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, May 25, 2006

Visit the New Site

If you got here through a link, please visit the new site.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Federal Death Penalty Trial in Houston

The Houston Chronicle reports that a trial date has been sent in the case of the truck driver involved in the 2003 human smuggling case.

The link is here.

Jury selection is scheduled for Oct. 3 in the second trial of Tyrone Williams, who is accused in the deaths of 19 illegal immigrants who were packed into his truck trailer during a failed smuggling attempt in 2003.

Two challenges planned by defense attorney Craig Washington could still head off that trial, however.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Scalia, Congress, and International Law

Justice Scalia told Congress to back off from criticism of the Court and the use of citing international law in a speech yesterday. Though Scalia has been critical of citing interantional law in Supreme Court rulings, his remarks demonstrate a unity with the other justices on the issue of judicial independence.

Legal Times' Tony Mauro has a report here.

Washington Post coverage is here.

The Los Angeles Times coverage is here.

Server Crash

StandDown's ISP had a server crash yesterday, and they are still attempting to get the site fully back in operation. At least for the next few days we will posting on this old site.