GRACE board member, Dick Burr, files a brief with Texas Criminal Court of Appeals asking that hearing be allowed to continue
On December 22, attorneys for John Green filed a brief with the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals asking that a pre-trial hearing concerning the constitutionality of the state's death penalty be allowed to continue. An amicus brief in support of continuing the hearing was also filed by former governors, legislators, former judges and prosecutors, victim family members and freed death row inmates, all of whom shared a concern over the risk of wrongful executions in Texas. [Death Penalty Information Center]
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GRACE board member, Dick Burr has death penalty hearing stopped by Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
The Court of Criminal Appeals temporarily halted the hearing, which began on Dec. 6, after 2 days of testimony. Harris County prosecutors had elected to remain silent during the hearing, but requested that the hearing be stopped. Evidence had been presented about the risks of executing the innocent and about problems with eyewitness identification and informant evidence, exactly the kind of evidence likely to be used against Green for a 2008 robbery and murder.
GRACE board member Clive Stafford Smith puts pressure on UK government not to export drugs used in lethal injection
GRACE board member Clive Stafford Smith, Director of Reprieve, has successfully campaigned for the UK to put stricter controls on the export of drugs that are used in executions in the US.
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GRACE Board Member Dick Burr wins hearing on constitutionality of the death penalty in Texas
Texas District Judge Kevin Fine scheduled a hearing in a death penalty case to consider whether there is a substantial risk that Texas's death penalty laws could result in the execution of an innocent person. The hearing, expected to last two weeks, will likely include testimony from experts around the country. Casey Kiernan, one of the attorneys for the defendant, John Green, filed a pre-trial motion regarding the issue of innocence, which led to the hearing. [Death Penalty Information Center]
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