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BPP Retreats on Arbitrary Imposition of 'Sex Offender' Rules
New rules for "Special Condition X"
"...On Wednesday, June 8, the rules committee of the Board of Pardons and Paroles met to consider..."

June 13, 2011 News Post by Jordan Smith

No Place for Perkins on Paroles
See what happens when you dis sex toys?
"...state Senate last week nixed Gov. Rick Perry's nomination of anti-sex-toy activist Shanda Perkins for a seat on the..."

May 22, 2009 News Feature by Jordan Smith

The Spirit of 76th
The Presidential Card
"...Predictably, the governor's all-but-official presidential run cast a long shadow over the Capitol,..."

June 18, 1999 News Column by Erica C. Barnett

The Further Trials of Eroy Brown
Eroy Brown's parole is in the hands of the TDCJ
"...The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has a long memory...."

March 2, 2012 News Feature by Michael King

Tinkering With the Machinery of Death
The Texas Legislature moves slowly to consider alternatives to the death penalty
"...week. Speaking to supporters in Omaha, Bush said, "Those of us who have spent some time in the agricultural..."

March 9, 2001 News Column by Michael King

Quote of the Week: Kent Whitaker
Father pleads to state for mercy on his son
"...state, even when the victim is asking for mercy and not vengeance."..."

Feb. 23, 2018 News Column

Eyes of World on Texas
"...To the Editor: I appreciated the well-researched and balanced articles by Jordan Smith on James Allridge III's..."

Aug. 30, 2004 Postmarks

Death Watch: “Texas Seven” Member Contests “Law of Parties”
A robbery ended in a police officer death while Patrick Murphy waited outside. Current Texas law holds him responsible.
"...After this story went to press, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals denied Patrick Murphy’s request to reconsider its..."

March 22, 2019 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

Death Watch: Executing Texas' Law of Parties
Jeff Wood never killed anybody; Robert Pruett may not have either. Why does the state want to put them both to death?
"...summer in Texas' death chamber, with executions stayed left and right, state Court of Criminal Appeals justices questioning the..."

Aug. 12, 2016 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Point Austin: The Quality of Mercy
If you're looking for compassion, you've come to the wrong place
"...One of the few bright spots in an otherwise dismal 82nd..."

July 22, 2011 News Column by Michael King

The Science of Injustice
Capital murder case highlights Texas courts' resistance to physical evidence
"...Jan. 2, 1999, Daniel Raglind was searching a section of the Sam Houston National Forest with his son Todd..."

Aug. 19, 2011 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Death Watch: Chris Young Executed
Last-ditch effort to challenge Board of Pardons and Paroles falls short
"...Young was executed Tuesday evening. On Friday, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles denied him clemency, which included..."

July 20, 2018 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

Death Watch: Life in Prison for Thomas Whitaker?
Death row inmate becomes first to receive commutation recommendation from Board of Pardons and Paroles in 2007
"...The state's Board of Pardons and Paroles voted unnamiously on Tuesday to..."

Feb. 23, 2018 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

No Love for Perkins
Senators rejected her nomination for parole board, but she's back this week trying to get them to change their minds
"...The anti-sex-toy former Burleson banker and big-time Gov. Rick Perry supporter Shanda Perkins' nomination to..."

May 20, 2009 News Post by Jordan Smith

Texas Clemency Process Poor, But Good Enough for Government Work
BPP and court deny Tamayo execution reprieve. Last stop, Perry
"...into whether the clemency process undertaken by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles affords minimal due process protections..."

Jan. 22, 2014 News Post by Jordan Smith

Unpardonable
The Bush record of 'compassionate conservatism' is amply illustrated by his clemency record in Texas
"...to ban abortion, did he? According to bar talk and casual philosophizing, W.'s more extreme tendencies were held in..."

June 11, 2004 News Feature by Lucius Lomax

Without Evidence: Executing Frances Newton
Another Texas death row case marked by official carelessness, negligence, and intransigence
"...Unless the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles and Gov. Rick Perry act..."

Sept. 9, 2005 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Who Killed Father Ryan?
A 1981 Odessa murder haunts crime researchers, the Catholic Church, and an ex-con determined to prove his innocence
"...into the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Boise, Idaho, and readied himself for confession. He never got a chance..."

June 17, 2005 News Feature by Jordan Smith

A Whacked-Out System
Inmate's lawsuit focuses on secret and unreasonable Texas paroles
"...to arrest him, he panicked, jumped in his car, and tried to flee. That didn't work out so well..."

March 30, 2007 News Feature by Jordan Smith

No Mercy
The case of James Allridge raises familiar questions about the Texas justice system
"...to execute James Allridge III for the 1985 murder of 21-year-old Brian Clendennen, who died from two gunshots fired..."

Aug. 20, 2004 News Feature by Jordan Smith

In Our Names
The case of Napoleon Beazley shines a spotlight on the Texas system of capital punishment.
"...Try this for an "axis of evil": the United States, Iran, and the Congo...."

May 31, 2002 News Column by Michael King

Now Serving ... Time
Robert Conran sat down to dinner at Furr's, and walked out in handcuffs. After four years in prison on a shaky conviction, he's got a chance of parole -- then he faces deportation
"...Robert Conran is standing in the inmate visiting room of the Texas Dept...."

June 29, 2001 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Looking for Mr. Goodbill
A look at what's been filed for the 77th session at the Texas Legislature
"...Yes, it's that time of biennium again, when a mighty host of part-time lawyers,..."

Dec. 29, 2000 News Feature by Michael King

Capitol Chronicle
A healthy death penalty, the Jenna and Barbara bust, and the Fannie Lou Hamer Project
"...As alert readers of "Capitol Chronicle" may have noticed last week (the rest..."

June 15, 2001 News Column by Michael King

Reefer Roundup 12/23/10
News from the frontline of the drug war
"...Details on this – and so much more! – below...."

Dec. 23, 2010 News Post by Jordan Smith

Perry the Executioner
Texas leads the country in executions, and Rick Perry holds the record tally
"...Hampton still had not heard a word from the Board of Pardons and Paroles. Time was of the essence;..."

Sept. 16, 2011 News Feature by Jordan Smith

No Parole for You!
"...Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, on Tuesday sliced the state’s Board of Pardons and Paroles during an intense hearing to..."

Nov. 15, 2006 News Post by Jordan Smith

BPP Recommends Life
Whether Perry will agree remains to be seen for death row inmate Robert Thompson
"...In a rare life-sparing decision, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles voted Nov. 18 to recommend..."

Nov. 19, 2009 News Post by Jordan Smith

Death Watch: Hearing in Tamayo Clemency Case
Judge will consider whether Texas process is fair
"...Tamayo who is seeking a temporary restraining order – and a stay of his imminent execution – barring the..."

Jan. 20, 2014 News Post by Jordan Smith

Perry Clears Way for Executioner
Perry rejects BPP recommendation to spare Robert Thompson
"...Gov. Rick Perry rejected the commutation recommendation of the Board of Pardons and Paroles in the case..."

Nov. 20, 2009 News Post by Jordan Smith

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