Posts Tagged ‘ Texas ’

Rodney Reed will not die next week — but Texas still wants to kill him

February 26, 2015
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The Intercept The Intercept
by Jordan Smith  

"Nine days before Rodney Reed was scheduled to die in Texas for a crime he swears he didn't commit, the state's highest criminal court issued a stay of execution. The order came down late Monday afternoon, in response to an appeal citing new and compelling scientific evidence that challenges the state's timeline of events in the 1996 murder of 19-year-old Stacey Stites, which sent Reed to death row. ... because the new scientific evidence 'eviscerates' the state's theory of the crime, Benjet argues, it also invalidates the lower-court judge's opinion that further DNA testing would be irrelevant. ... The state counters that DNA testing is unnecessary and, in a separate brief filed Monday, that the real goal by Reed's defense is to 'unreasonably delay' his execution." (02/25/15)

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TX: Court halts planned state killing

February 23, 2015
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Austin American-Statesman    

"The state's highest criminal court halted the execution of Rodney Reed on Monday, 10 days before the Bastrop man was to have been put to death for the 1996 murder of Stacey Stites. In a 6-2 ruling, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals stayed Reed’s execution based on a Feb. 12 petition claiming that a new look at old forensic evidence shows Reed did not kill Stites, a 19-year-old Giddings resident who was strangled 18 days before her wedding date." (02/23/15)

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TX: Marriage apartheid ended for one couple

February 19, 2015
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Austin Chronicle    

"Early this morning, history was made as the first gay couple in Texas received a marriage license in Travis County. Austin residents, Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant, secured a temporary restraining order from Travis County District Judge David Wahlberg allowing Travis County Clerk Dana Debeauvoir to grant them a lawful marriage. In a statement, the County notes the situation applies to a medically fragile couple -- Goodfriend suffers from ovarian cancer and her 'future remains uncertain,' according to court documents -- and any additional licenses must also be court ordered." (02/19/15)

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TX: Suspected home intruder shot in head by apartment resident

February 19, 2015
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ABC 13 Eyewitness News    

"A man is in the hospital with a gunshot wound to the head after an attempted home invasion. It happened at an apartment complex on Hollister in northwest Houston. The resident of one of the apartment units told police a man broke the bedroom window and began crawling inside. The resident then grabbed his gun and shot the intruder in the head." (02/19/15)

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TX: Abbot plans to double state’s spending on border security theater

February 18, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"Texas Governor Greg Abbott pledged to double the state's spending on securing [sic] the border with Mexico, saying on Tuesday the federal government has not done enough to halt illegal [sic] immigration. Abbott, a Republican and former state attorney general who became governor in January, has tried to position Texas as a top challenger of President Barack Obama's immigration policies. Texas spearheaded the lawsuit that led a federal judge there on Monday to block Obama's order shielding millions of illegal [sic] immigrants from deportation." (02/17/15)

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TX: SCOTUS blocks scheduled state killing

February 5, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"A Texas inmate set to be [killed] next week for fatally shooting four men at an airplane hangar more than 30 years ago won a reprieve Thursday from the U.S. Supreme Court. Lester Bower Jr., 67, among the longest-serving Texas death row inmates, had been scheduled for lethal injection Tuesday. The justices gave no reason for the reprieve, saying only that it would be lifted automatically if they deny an appeal or act on it." (02/05/15)

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TX: Regime employees kill inmate

January 29, 2015
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Houston Chronicle Houston Chronicle    

"A Texas man convicted of killing a 38-year-old woman nearly two decades ago while he was on parole for a triple slaying years earlier was [killed] Thursday evening. Robert Ladd, 57, received a lethal injection after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected arguments he was mentally impaired and ineligible for [being killed by state employees]. The court also rejected an appeal in which Ladd's attorney challenged whether the pentobarbital Texas uses in [pre-planned state killings] is potent enough to not cause unconstitutional pain and suffering." (01/29/15)

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TX: Perry loses bid to toss ethics charges on constitutional grounds

January 28, 2015
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Bloomberg    

"Rick Perry failed to persuade a Texas judge to throw out an ethics violation case on claims the state constitution protects a governor's right to say whatever he wants about his official powers. Perry, a potential candidate for the 2016 Republican U.S. presidential nomination, may have to face a trial on two counts of abusing his authority. Perry allegedly threatened to veto funding for an ethics task force if the county prosecutor running it didn't resign following a drunken-driving conviction." (01/27/15)

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TX: State employees kill prisoner

January 22, 2015
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NBC News NBC News    

"A 41-year-old Texas prisoner was put to death Wednesday evening for the slayings of three people during a robbery at their San Antonio home more than 21 years ago. Arnold Prieto became the first prisoner to receive a lethal injection this year in Texas, which carried out 10 executions in 2014." (01/21/15)

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Medicaid expansion: Texas should chart its own course

January 7, 2015
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National Center for Policy Analysis National Center for Policy Analysis
by Devon M Herrick  

"The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) required each state to expand Medicaid eligibility to individuals and families with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level or risk losing federal funding for its entire Medicaid program. However, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that provision of Obamacare unconstitutional. As a result, Texas and other states that have not expanded Medicaid eligibility have more options to tailor the program to better meet their unique needs." (01/07/15)

http://www.ncpa.org/pub/st363  

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Sex, spice and small-town Texas justice

December 29, 2014
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Reason Reason
by Anthony L Fisher  

"Why did the government go after The Purple Zone? The DEA says the raid was one in a series of nationwide enforcement actions carried out that day with the goal of taking down purveyors of synthetic drugs who funnel their proceeds to Middle Eastern terrorists. It also says that Lipsen was a prime suspect. But as a Jew and avid supporter of Israel, she hardly fits the profile of an Islamic terrorism financier. A more likely reason: Brewster County District Attorney Rod Ponton is Lipsen's jilted ex-lover, and has been carrying out a personal vendetta against her for the past few years. He prompted federal law enforcement agents to pursue a groundless and expensive crusade against her smoke shop, turning life for Lipsen and her family into a living hell." (for publication 01/15)

http://reason.com/archives/2014/12/27/sex-spice-and-small-town-texas  

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Texas cannabis conservatism faces reefer reformation

December 17, 2014
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Garry Reed Dallas Libertarian Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"As a socially and politically conservative state, sometimes called The Buckle of the Bible Belt, there's little surprise that Texas can't pass a marijuana decriminalization law, a recreational marijuana law, or even a medical marijuana law. But a minor marijuana reform bill was announced Monday morning at the Texas State Capital. Heather Fazio, Texas Political Director of the Marijuana Policy Project and former Libertarian Party of Texas Membership Coordinator urged everyone on Monday to get behind a bill that would remove 'the threat of arrest, jail, and a criminal record' for possessing small amounts of the herb." (12/16/14)

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TX: Federal appeals court stays planned state killing

December 3, 2014
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US News & World Report    

"A federal appeals court has stayed the execution of Scott Panetti, a diagnosed schizophrenic, who was scheduled to die by lethal injection Wednesday evening. 'We stay the execution pending further order of the court to allow us to fully consider the late arriving and complex legal questions at issue,' wrote the 5th Circuit court. ... Panetti, while off his medication, shot his then-mother- and father-in-law in front of his wife and daughter in 1992. ... Panetti, who was hospitalized for his mental illness 15 times beginning in 1978, represented himself at his 1995 trial, wore a cowboy costume and attempted to subpoena John F. Kennedy, the Pope and Jesus Christ." (12/03/14)

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TX: Schizophrenic inmate appeals against state killing

December 3, 2014
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Lawyers for a schizophrenic Texas inmate set to be executed this week have called on the US Supreme Court to halt the lethal injection. Scott Panetti, 56, is slated for execution on Wednesday for the fatal shootings of his in-laws in 1992. High court justices in 2002 prohibited the execution of the mentally impaired, but have allowed it for mentally ill inmates with a rational understanding. Panetti's lawyers argue the mentally ill should also be exempt under law." (12/02/14)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-30297638  

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Is Texas getting ready to kill an innocent man?

November 18, 2014
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The Intercept The Intercept
by Jordan Smith  

"Eleven years before he raped and threatened to kill Lear, Fennell’s own fiancee, 19-year-old Stacy Stites, was found brutally murdered along a country road in Bastrop, Texas. That crime eventually sent a man to death row. His name is Rodney Reed -- and he is scheduled to die in January. Lear, like many people who have followed the case in Texas -- believe that Reed is innocent. And they believe that the real killer is Jimmy Fennell. Connie Lear is not alone in coming forward now that an execution date has been set. Nearly a dozen people related to Stites, many of whom have had doubts about the case for years, are breaking their own silence, calling for Reed’s life to be spared." (11/18/14)

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SCOTUS: Ginsburg revises dissent on Texas voter suppression law

October 23, 2014
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Fox News Fox News    

"The U.S. Supreme Court made a rare correction on Wednesday to a dissent written by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Texas' controversial new voter-identification law. ... Aside from 'small stylistic changes,' Wednesday’s correction erases one sentence from Ginsberg’s official dissent that refers to photo identification cards issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs not being an acceptable form of ID in Texas -- when they actually are." (10/23/14)

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Schools in Ohio, Texas closed over Ebola fears

October 16, 2014
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New York Post    

"Several schools in Ohio and Texas were closed Thursday amid concerns that some of their students flew on the same Frontier Airlines plane as a Dallas nurse later diagnosed with Ebola. A Central Texas school district has temporarily closed three of its campuses because two of its students traveled on the same Cleveland-to-Dallas flight as Amber Vinson, 29, according to reports. ... In Ohio, Solon Middle School and Parkside Elementary School are closed because a staff member from the middle school was on the plane that Vinson had flown on, but not on the same flight." (10/16/14)

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TX: Second Dallas healthcare worker tests positive for Ebola

October 15, 2014
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CNN    

"A second health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who provided care for Thomas Eric Duncan has tested positive for Ebola, the state's health department said Wednesday. The worker reported a fever Tuesday and was immediately isolated, health department spokeswoman Carrie Williams said. The facility will now begin monitoring all those who had contact with the unidentified worker for signs of potential exposures." (10/15/14)

http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/15/health/texas-ebola-outbreak/  

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Texas: Ebola patient fighting for life, new US drug “all gone”

October 6, 2014
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Russia Today [Russian state media]    

"The first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the US is in critical condition at a Dallas hospital and is not receiving any of the new experimental drugs for the virus, which has killed over 3,400 people in Africa, media reports say. Thomas Eric Duncan contracted the disease in Liberia and began to show symptoms after arriving in Texas two weeks ago, causing a panic that he could have infected another 10 individuals. ... Duncan’s case has sparked fears of Ebola spreading across the US, particularly due to the fact that the Dallas hospital failed to diagnose the virus the first time around and sent the patient home with antibiotics." (10/06/14)

http://rt.com/usa/193380-texas-ebola-drug-gone/  

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TX: Federal court says state can enforce abortion clinic regulations

October 3, 2014
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ABC News    

"A federal appeals court Thursday allowed Texas to immediately begin enforcing tough new abortion restrictions that will effectively close all but seven abortion facilities in America's second most-populous state. ... Allowing to go forward the rules on hospital-level upgrades -- including mandatory operating rooms and air filtration systems -- would shutter more than a dozen clinics across Texas. ... some clinics have already closed after another part of the 2013 law required doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. That portion of the law has already been upheld by the 5th U.S. Circuit, where the state is now seeking a second outright reversal." (10/02/14)

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TX: Dallas hospital confirms first case of Ebola in US

October 1, 2014
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Miami Herald    

"A patient at a Dallas hospital has tested positive for Ebola, the first case of the disease to be diagnosed in the United States, federal health officials announced Tuesday. The patient was in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, which had announced a day earlier that the person's symptoms and recent travel indicated a possible case of Ebola, the virus that has killed more than 3,000 people across West Africa and infected a handful of Americans who have traveled to that region." (09/30/14)

http://www.miamiherald.com/living/health-fitness/article2355425.html  

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TX: Regime officials kill woman after SCOTUS denies appeal

September 18, 2014
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Los Angeles Times    

"Lisa Coleman, a 38-year-old Texas woman convicted of torturing and starving to death a friend’s 9-year-old son, was [killed by state officials] Wednesday evening after the U.S. Supreme Court denied her last-minute appeal. Coleman was pronounced dead at 6:24 p.m. Central time, Texas officials said." (09/17/14)

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TX: Regime prepares to kill woman

September 17, 2014
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Texas Tribune    

"A 38-year-old Arlington woman is scheduled to be [killed by the state] in Texas on Wednesday for the starvation death of her girlfriend’s son, Davontae Marcel Williams. Lisa Ann Coleman would be the the sixth woman -- and 517th person -- to be [subjected to pre-planned state killing] in the state since 1982, the year Texas reinstated [pre-planned state killing] following a 1976 Supreme Court decision that allowed states to resume [pre-planned state killing]. She would be the ninth person [premeditatedly killed by state officials] in Texas this year." (09/17/14)

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TX: Regime carries out eighth premeditated state killing in 2014

September 11, 2014
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Washington Post    

"[Willie] Trottie became the eighth person put to death in Texas this year and the 29th person nationwide. Almost all of these [killings] have occurred in just three states; Missouri, Texas and Florida had each [killed] seven inmates before Wednesday, more than three-quarters of all [premeditated state killings] this year." (09/11/14)

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Scheduled state killings challenged in Missouri, Texas

September 9, 2014
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Los Angeles Times    

"Lawyers were fighting for delays in [state killings] scheduled for Wednesday in Texas and Missouri, questioning whether the drugs to be used will prevent the type of difficulties that marred [killings] in Ohio, Oklahoma and Arizona. An inmate on death row in Texas is suing the state seeking to stop his execution, contending that the sedative had expired. Lawyers in Missouri are fighting the execution on several fronts, including questioning the use of a sedative there." (09/09/14)

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