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Death Watch: Despite SCOTUS Ruling, Inmate Again Faces Execution
Blaine Milam, who may be disabled, is set for death Jan. 21
"...executions, the state of Texas hasn't put anyone to death in months. That may change on Jan. 21 if..."

Jan. 15, 2021 News Feature by Brant Bingamon

Finding Yingying
True-crime documentary centers on the life, not death, of Yingying Zhang
"...wonder that, when juxtaposed with her murder, makes her death all the more crushing...."

Jan. 1, 2021 Movie Review by Jenny Nulf

Death Watch: Quiet on Death Row
Pandemic halts the sputtering execution machine
"...people. Our state's juries sentenced just two people to death...."

Dec. 25, 2020 News Feature by Brant Bingamon

The State of Texas vs. Melissa
New documentary spotlight's the Lone Star State's death penalty fetish
"...of Texas vs. Melissa. Lucio, who’s been on Texas’ death row since 2008 for the killing of her 2-year-old..."

Oct. 23, 2020 Movie Review by Sarah Marloff

Austin’s Downtown Bar Scene Rides a Malfunctioning Roller Coaster
Local business owners attempt to navigate an impossible situation
"...requests the Governor to reconsider this onerous and excessive penalty for businesses acting in good faith to follow the..."

July 3, 2020 Food Feature by Kevin Curtin

A Dangerous Man
At 18, Billy Joe Wardlow took a man’s life. Nearly 30 years later, the state still wants his.
"...Like any place humans gather, death row has a culture. Billy Wardlow says it's different..."

June 26, 2020 News Feature by Brant Bingamon

C. Robert Cargill and Elijah Wood to Explore Serial Killer Ted Bundy in No Man of God
Film will delve into the killer's conversations with the FBI
"...captured in 1979, and especially after he received the death penalty in 1981, has been a subject of fascination..."

June 18, 2020 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Texas Supreme Court Puts Vote-by-Mail on Hold
Court stays expansion of “disability” voting – Ken Paxton celebrates
"...or to “suggest that individuals may be subject to penalty solely for doing so.” Paxton began defying that provision..."

May 18, 2020 News Post by Michael King

Balancing the Scales of Justice on Texas’ Most Important Courts
For the first time in years, Dems are running en masse for statewide judicial seats
"...incarceration for minorities and to conduct fair reviews of death penalty cases (something the Court of Criminal Appeals is..."

Feb. 21, 2020 News Feature by Brant Bingamon

Balancing the Scales of Justice on Texas’ Most Important Courts
Dems run en masse for statewide judicial seats
"...incarceration for minorities and to conduct fair reviews of death penalty cases (something the Court of Criminal Appeals is..."

Feb. 14, 2020 News Post by Brant Bingamon

2019 Sees Decline in Texas Executions
Still, concerns of the fairness and accuracy of the state's death penalty system remain
"...– the execution capital of the country – the death penalty's popularity continued to decline in 2019, according to..."

Dec. 20, 2019 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

Death Watch: Without Intervention, Travis Runnels Will Be the Ninth Texan Executed in 2019
A troubled life, a dishonest witness, a “changed man”
"...Wiley, and slit his throat. As Wiley bled to death, an inmate asked Run­nels why he'd done it. "It..."

Dec. 6, 2019 News Feature by Brant Bingamon

As Millions Demand Justice, Texas Prepares to Take Rodney Reed's Life
Looking back at a long road of injustice for the death row inmate
"...to exonerate the wrongly convicted. Reed was sentenced to death in 1998 for the rape and murder of Stacey..."

Nov. 15, 2019 News Feature by Brant Bingamon

The Family of Rodney Reed Keeps His Story Alive
At rallies and in media appearances, Sandra and Rodrick Reed are the public face of the cause
"...the Capitol for the annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty on Oct. 19, and the family organized subsequent..."

Nov. 15, 2019 News Feature by Brant Bingamon

Death Watch: No Chaplain Needed Now in Murphy Case
Texas Seven member faces execution on Nov. 13 for a second time
"...Officials in charge of executions at the Walls Unit..."

Nov. 8, 2019 News Feature by Brant Bingamon

Bobby Moore Will Not Be Executed
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has commuted his sentence
"...the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals begrudgingly commuted Moore's death sentence to life imprisonment due to his intellectual disability...."

Nov. 6, 2019 News Post by Sarah Marloff

19 Years On, Anti-Death Penalty March Sees Progress
Yet time is running out for Ruben Gutierrez, Rodney Reed
"...Cobb put together the first March to Abolish the Death Penalty in 2000, so when he speaks on the..."

Oct. 25, 2019 News Feature by Brant Bingamon

More Dems File in State Judicial Races
Keith Hampton, Amy Clark Meachum announce for high Texas courts
"...supporting the fight against Republican gerrymandering, and winning a death penalty appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court...."

Oct. 4, 2019 News Post by Michael King

Death Watch: As Execution Pace Quickens, a 30-Day Stay for Barbee
Meanwhile, Randy Halprin loses 5CA appeal and Rodney Reed supporters fight for justice
"...admission was likely a strategy to spare Barbee the death penalty; he said it came as a complete surprise...."

Sept. 27, 2019 News Feature by Brant Bingamon

Death Watch: Failures at Trial Anchor Last-Chance Appeal for Sparks
If SCOTUS does not act, Sparks will be the third man executed in Texas this month
"...him. He stabbed her and his two stepsons to death and raped his two stepdaughters, but he felt he'd..."

Sept. 20, 2019 News Feature by Brant Bingamon

Headlines
"...In Memoriam: Anti-death penalty activist, author, and bereaved mother Jennette Popp died..."

Sept. 20, 2019 News Feature

Death Watch: Mark Soliz Hopes One Stay Leads to Another
Death row inmate argues fetal alcohol spectrum disorder renders him unfit for execution
"...the execution of mentally disabled Dexter Johnson, another Texas death row inmate is hoping for the same outcome. Mark..."

Sept. 6, 2019 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

Death Watch: Crutsinger Seeks Last-Ditch SCOTUS Appeal
Following the Aug. 21 execution of Larry Swearingen, Crutsinger could be the fifth Texan killed this year
"...his 2003 trial, Crutsinger has continued to fight his death sentence, even as his options dwindle and his Sept...."

Aug. 30, 2019 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

How Much Reform Is Enough in the Travis County District Attorney Race?
Incumbent D.A. Margaret Moore faces challengers from the left
"...area of disagreement is capital punishment. Martinson opposes the death penalty in all circumstances, Garza would consider a moratorium..."

Aug. 23, 2019 News Feature by Michael King

Texas Lege Stands Still on Justice Reform
But God forbid we take your guns away
"...judges in Dallas and Houston) and to restrict the death penalty for defendants with intellectual disabilities or severe mental..."

May 31, 2019 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Legislative Attack on Eastside Planned Parenthood Closer to Finish Line
House-approved SB 22 jeopardizes basic preventive community care
"...that could have forced abortion-seeking women to face the death penalty, sought to expand SB 22’s reach to include..."

May 18, 2019 News Post by Mary Tuma

Trial by Fire
Cameron Todd Willingham story deserves a better retelling that trusts the evidence
"...an innocent man. It’s an all-too-familiar story here in death-penalty-happy Texas, where judges and juries routinely render eye-for-an-eye verdicts..."

May 17, 2019 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Debunking Five Anti-Choice Lies This Session
No wonder why repro rights groups are using the mantra “Lies Into Laws”
"...third degree felony, face a lawsuit, and a civil penalty of at least $100,000. In effect, the bills would..."

April 24, 2019 News Post by Mary Tuma

Death Watch: King Set to Die for James Byrd Lynching
Last-minute appeal seeks new trial as King maintains his innocence
"...Only two of 2019's five (so far) scheduled executions..."

April 19, 2019 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

Rep. Jeff Leach Plays Both Sides With Abortion Ban Bill
"...supporters openly relished the prospect of women facing the death penalty, but after the hours-long affair released a statement..."

April 19, 2019 News Feature by Mary Tuma

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