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Death Watch: Competency Hearing Granted for Marcus Druery
State's 15th execution of 2013 set for Nov. 12
"...death row inmate Marcus Druery should be granted a competency hearing to determine if he is sane enough for..."

Nov. 8, 2013 News Post by Jordan Smith

Druery Denied Competency Hearing
Defense attorneys say schizophrenia keeps this inmate from understanding why he's being executed
"...judge in Brazos County today denied to hold a competency hearing to determine whether the inmate is indeed sane..."

July 27, 2012 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Is Druery Sane Enough to Die?
Brazos County judge apparently thinks so
"...judge in Brazos County today denied to hold a competency hearing to determine if Marcus Druery is indeed sane..."

July 24, 2012 News Post by Jordan Smith

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
Tom Cruise isn't having any fun in this boilerplate actioner
"...characters talk in catchphrases. It clears the bar of competency, but what kind of recommendation is that? It’s a..."

Oct. 21, 2016 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Death Watch: Is Randall Mays "Competent" to Die?
Trial court stays execution to consider if he's mentally unfit, again
"...Henderson County to take yet another look at his competency. Not his sanity, mind you; no one is claiming..."

Oct. 11, 2019 News Feature by Brant Bingamon

Death and the Unpatriotic Act
Among amendments tacked onto newest version of the PATRIOT Act is a section allowing U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to grant legal fast-track for death-penalty appeals in states that have enacted standards for attorney appointments to indigent death row inmates
"...the state can show that it provides "standards of competency for the appointment" of habeas appeal attorneys. Under the..."

March 24, 2006 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Is Scott Panetti Sane Enough to Die?
Courtroom debate over schizophrenic Texas death row inmate
"...to the murders, but was heavily medicated during a competency hearing to determine whether he was capable of understanding..."

Sept. 17, 2004 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Death Watch: Is “Broken” Justen Hall Competent to Be Executed?
If a stay is not granted, Hall will be the fifth Texas inmate put to death this fall
"...Hall relented and kept the attorneys, but a competency test was ordered anyway. The judges ruled that his..."

Nov. 1, 2019 News Feature by Brant Bingamon

Envisioning the Future of Austin State Hospital
What will it take to turn the former Texas State Lunatic Asylum into a world-class center of brain health?
"...stock-in-trade. These largely fall under the broad heading of "competency restoration," or treating and stabilizing the mentally ill prior..."

March 22, 2019 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Inmate Claims Incompetence
Marcus Druery says he's been hearing voices and echoes for years
"...and asking that the Brazos County court hold a competency hearing...."

July 20, 2012 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Supremes Examine Capital Punishment, Mental Illness
How mentally ill does a prisoner have to be in order to deem execution cruel and unusual punishment?
"...auditory hallucination. Panetti was medicated for schizophrenia during a competency hearing, after which he was cleared as able to..."

May 4, 2007 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Panetti Sane Enough to Die
But schizophrenic's execution stayed pending further appeals
"...he committed." Although the Supreme Court has suggested that competency must mean a defendant "perceives the connection between his..."

Oct. 8, 2004 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Naked City
Rivera Execution Stayed
"...Rivera was convicted. Reportedly, the question of Rivera's mental competency was never addressed during his 1994 trial. On July..."

Aug. 15, 2003 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Chad Holt, Austin's Last Provocateur
The Total Badass left his mark on the city's underground
"...middle of it. During the filming, Adam had a competency hearing where he's literally showing up to court with..."

Oct. 18, 2019 Screens Feature by Kevin Curtin

Death Watch: Rockwell Schizophrenic or Faker?
One execution stayed, another set for Oct. 24
"...detailing Rockwell's request for funding to "litigate a state competency-to-be-executed proceeding," which the state argued is not "reasonably necessary."..."

Oct. 19, 2018 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?
"...his case in 2013 – again over issues of competency. And on Aug. 1, 2016, Wood's attorney Jared Tyler..."

Aug. 12, 2016 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Death Watch: Executing the Mentally (and Physically) Ill
Texas gets ready to execute a schizophrenic man
"...After two hearings in 1994 to determine his mental competency, Panetti fired his attorneys and represented himself throughout his..."

Nov. 28, 2014 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Death Watch: One Inmate Gets Reprieve, Another Granted Hearing
Is Larry Hatten sane enough to die?
"...however, is not Wood's culpability but, like Hatten, his competency to be executed. Wood, who was set for execution..."

Oct. 11, 2013 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Court Rules Judge Didn't Have Right to Forcibly Medicate Death Row Inmate
Keller says any competency is good enough for death
"..."conclusively shows that medication was critical to restoring [Staley's] competency and that, but for the involuntary-medication order, [Staley] would..."

Sept. 11, 2013 News Post by Jordan Smith

Rick Perry Death Watch
State appealing court's decision
"...from presenting evidence of his mental illness during a competency hearing back in 2010. Moreover, the trial court judge..."

Oct. 12, 2012 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Scott Panetti: Sane Enough to Execute?
Supremes' June 28 ruling in case of Texas death row inmate Scott Panetti concludes that law requires condemned inmates have some 'rational understanding' of why they're being executed in order to satisfy Eighth Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment
"...against Panetti, noting that the 5th Circuit's "test for competency to be executed requires [that Panetti] know no more..."

July 13, 2007 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Bell and Gammage on the Issues
"...• Ending the high-stakes nature of educational competency tests: Standardized tests should serve as a measuring tool,..."

Feb. 10, 2006 News Feature

Keel-Hauling Death Row Defendants
Austin Rep. wants to fast-track federal appeals, speed up executions
"...– basically, only that the state "provide standards of competency for the appointment" of habeas counsel – the state..."

April 8, 2005 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Postmarks
Our readers talk back.
"...responds: Mr. Swanson confuses two distinct legal concepts -- competency and mental retardation -- which are determined by completely..."

Oct. 24, 2003 Column

Texas Justice Flawless

Oct. 20, 2003 Postmarks

High Tech, Low Priority?
Not Everyone Is Sold on Computers in Schools
"...the district's staff development program in technology and demonstrated competency in several proficiencies -- such as word processing, graphics,..."

July 25, 1997 News Feature by Roseana Auten

Gifted and Talented Education Programs Turn the Lights Out on Non-White Students
"Race is the greatest predictor of who succeeds and fails in American public education"
"...are working to help their teachers bridge these cultural competency gaps. "Gifted looks different in different populations – we're..."

Nov. 22, 2019 News Feature by Autumn A. Arnett

Rodney Reed's Appeals: Key Players
Ignored witnesses, “irrelevant” evidence, and more from two decades of appeals
"...judges available for assignment, calling into question his own competency. "I believe that I am still in excess condition,..."

Nov. 15, 2019 News Feature by Brant Bingamon

aGLIFF Honoree Rose Troche Looks Back at Go Fish
Director remembers her era-defining directorial debut
"...not only become iconic, but part of a cultural competency list for queer women of a certain era, right..."

Aug. 23, 2019 Screens Feature by Sarah Marloff

Senate Confirms Abbott's Nominee for State Office of Administrative Hearings Chief
Governor's list has hundreds of unconfirmed "holdover" officials
"...whose responsibilities are to “evaluate medical practice and professional competency, and make recommendations on investigations conducted by the Board”..."

May 2, 2019 News Post by Michael King

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