Texas prisoner Jerry Hartfield was still a young man when he was told his murder conviction had been overturned and he would get a new trial. Hartfield was moved off death row, but 32 years later is still waiting for that new trial.
A federal jury convicted a South Texas man on drug trafficking charges, but the defendant was nowhere to be found to hear the verdict.
“You’re free to walk out of this courtroom today.” Those were the words said just minutes ago to Dale Lincoln Duke, a man who served 14 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.
More than 200 federal prison inmates in North Texas may soon be released. The move comes because of a new law that erases the sentencing disparity between those convicted of offenses involving crack versus powdered cocaine.
The Texas Office of Capital Writs is an independent state agency tasked with scrutinizing capital murder trials to ensure they were legally proper.
A Fort Worth killer will stay on death row because the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals upheld his conviction.
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