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Swearingen to CCA: Please Test the Evidence
State says testing won't prove innocence
"...mountain of circumstantial evidence is among the reasons the CCA should deny Swearingen's current bid for DNA testing, Delmore..."

Dec. 5, 2013 News Post by Jordan Smith

Death Watch: CCA Dismisses Buck Appeal
Ignores question of racial bias in defendant's trial
"...writ in Buck's case that was filed with the CCA in March, race appears to have had great influence,..."

Nov. 20, 2013 News Post by Jordan Smith

Kellers' Conviction Tossed by CCA
Texas' highest court grants relief, but fails to exonerate couple
"...The CCA’s unanimous decision to revoke the Kellers’ conviction – a..."

May 21, 2015 News Post by Chase Hoffberger

Is the CCA 'Competent'?
"...the Fort Worth attorney assigned to Rojas by the CCA, had no capital experience, had been sanctioned several times..."

Feb. 21, 2003 News Feature by Michael King

CCA Considers Hank Skinner's Death-Case DNA Appeal
Should never-before evidence be tested for DNA?
"...subject to testing for the first time, should the CCA allow Skinner the access he's been seeking for more..."

May 2, 2012 News Post by Jordan Smith

CCA Denies DNA Testing in Swearingen Case
Death row inmate doesn't have right to test murder weapon for DNA
"...During a December hearing on the matter before the CCA, Montgomery County prosecutor Bill Delmore told the court that..."

Feb. 5, 2014 News Post by Jordan Smith

Death Watch: Fifth Circuit Spanks CCA, Prosecutors
Appeals court reverses death penalty
"...a mistrial and later rejected Gongora's direct appeal. The CCA also rejected Gongora's argument that the constant comments violated..."

March 8, 2013 News Feature by Jordan Smith

CCA Jump-Starts the Death Machine
Executions resume after Court of Criminal Appeals rules against death row inmates' challenges
"...execution might be different from that in Ken­tucky, a CCA plurality adopted the language of the Supremes, opining that..."

June 20, 2008 News Feature by Jordan Smith

CCA: No New Trial For Jimenez
Says no rights violated in paper towel choking case
"...The CCA, however, has disagreed – on all points. Martinez did..."

April 25, 2012 News Post by Jordan Smith

Paper-Towel Ruling Goes to CCA
Ruling in writ hearing could lead to a retrial

Jan. 7, 2011 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Death Watch: Texas Court Declines to Consider Final Appeal
McCarthy would be 500th inmate and 5th woman to be executed
"...consider an appeal brought by death row inmate Kimberly McCarthy, slated for execution tonight. McCarthy would become the 500th..."

June 26, 2013 News Post by Jordan Smith

Rodney Reed Returns to Court of Criminal Appeals
Bastrop Judge recommends CCA deny latest appeal
"...his Bastrop County's 21st District Court in May. The CCA had decided that an interview CNN conducted in April..."

Jan. 12, 2018 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Yogurt Shop Reversal
The CCA overturns Springsteen murder conviction
"...Even following the Supremes' no-nonsense edict, the CCA sat on Springsteen's appeal for two more years, before..."

June 9, 2006 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Naked City
Springsteen Appeal at CCA
"...on appeal -- without putting much faith in the CCA. Instead, courthouse sources expect the case to make it..."

June 6, 2003 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Williams Receives Last-Minute Stay of Execution
Tyler native originally set to die Thursday evening
"...execution from the Court of Criminal Appeals after the CCA decided it needed more time to review a last-minute..."

July 16, 2015 News Post by Chase Hoffberger

Callous Keller Strikes Again
Judge lies in zeal to send convict to the death chamber.
"...what a cold, cold, cold and dark heart has CCA presiding Judge Sharon Keller. Sure, Keller has long been..."

Oct. 9, 2007 News Post by Jordan Smith

Naked City
Tom Price joins calls for halt to Harris Co. executions
"...was the lone dissenting vote last week when the CCA denied Green's request for a stay of execution based..."

Oct. 29, 2004 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Life in Prison for Hemp
José Peña brought some roadside weeds home from Kansas. Cops decided it was reefer, and a Texas court sentenced him to life in prison – without the evidence. It took a decade for Peña to get back some of the pieces of his life.
"...Appeals, based in Waco, played tug-of-war with the Austin-based CCA over the power of the Texas Constitution, and whether..."

March 16, 2012 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Smart Enough to Die
In 2002, the Supreme Court banned the death penalty for mentally retarded defendants. Still, Texas finds a way.
"...On that occasion, Chester walked through the unlocked front door of a..."

April 19, 2013 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Courts Overturn Three Capital Murder Cases
One defendant acquitted, two sent back for possible retrials
"...the failure of some other witnesses to testify, the CCA concluded. The comments were "not so blatant" that they..."

Feb. 28, 2013 News Post by Jordan Smith

WilCo's Latest Snafu
Illegal workers and sexual assault – just another WilCo contract
"...they are, were cited in an official reprimand of CCA by the U.S. Immigration and Cus­toms Enforcement and addressed..."

Nov. 2, 2007 News Feature by Patricia J. Ruland

Texas' 'Lethal Indifference' Blasted in New Death-Row Report
A new Texas Defenders Service study charges the state Court of Criminal Appeals ignores death-row inmates' rights and its own legal mandate.
"...their clients, along with the indifferent attitude of the CCA itself, which is required by law to oversee a..."

Dec. 13, 2002 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Annals of Law and Order
Court of Criminal Appeals expands use of "circumstantial evidence"
"...its merits in these particular Central Texas cases, the CCA ruling appears to open the gate to broader prosecutorial..."

July 13, 2018 News Feature by Michael King

Mexican President Says Texas Court Ruling Discriminates Against Poor Defendants
Nieto asks U.S. Supremes to review notorious Austin case
"...Eruviel Ávila Villegas, to argue as friends-of-the-court that the CCA has incorrectly rejected a lower court's finding that Jimenez..."

Aug. 29, 2012 News Post by Jordan Smith

Immigrant Detention Blues
Unknown number of immigrants languish in private detention center in Taylor; a small but growing group is working to make their situation public knowledge
"...The agreement between ICE, CCA, and Williamson Co. is as follows: ICE pays CCA..."

Feb. 2, 2007 News Feature by Diana Welch

Supremes Hear Texas Death Penalty Cases
Supreme Court grapples once again with whether Texas death penalty scheme – and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals' interpretation of its role in deciding death penalty cases – meets constitutional requirements
"...of the Supreme Court's decision to summarily reverse the CCA's earlier decision in the case. But the state's attempt..."

Jan. 26, 2007 News Feature by Rita Radostitz

High Court Turns Back Open Meetings Act
Rules that snared City Council thrown out
"...Texas Open Meetings Act. In a 7-2 decision, the CCA overturned Section 143, which forbids members of a governmental..."

March 8, 2019 News Feature by Michael King

Those Who Are About to Die
Your Texas death machine gets rolling again
"...case has since been put to rest by the CCA, but scheduling his execution has caused a last round..."

Aug. 1, 2008 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Appeals Court Weighs Plea to 'Correct Miscarriage of Justice'
Rodney Reed's fate goes to Criminal Appeals
"...receive a new trial. Reed's lawyers – including former CCA Judge Morris Overstreet and former Texas Defender Service attorney..."

March 28, 2008 News Feature by Jordan Smith

With a Possible Update to the Texas Open Meetings Act, Former Council Members Recall Local Scandal
How a misunderstanding changed Austin politics
"...for a TOMA do-over at the Capitol offers an occasion to reflect on how, or if, the whole affair..."

April 19, 2019 News Feature by Michael King

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