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Texas Inmate Ordered Retried In ’80 ‘Waiting Ever Since’

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.

01/04/2013

Judge Who Refused After-Hours Appeal Re-elected

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Presiding Judge Sharon Keller has been re-elected.

11/06/2012

Larry Sims on the day he was exonerated. (Credit: CBSDFW.com)

Until Death, Texas Inmate Tried To Clear Name

Former inmate Larry Sims died a free man, if not innocent one in the eyes of the law. It wasn’t enough, say family and friends, who described a man with a broken spirit who could not find work or happiness after his release from prison after 24 years.

06/22/2012

Hank Skinner, an ex-con sent to Texas' death row for three murders and spared from execution earlier this year by the U.S. Supreme Court. (credit: AP Photo)

State Backs DNA Testing For Hank Skinner

Reversing its decade-long objection to testing that death row inmate Hank Skinner says could prove his innocence, the Texas Attorney General’s office today filed an advisory with the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals seeking to test DNA in the case.

06/04/2012

Texas death chamber execution gurney. (credit: AP)

Texas Death Row Inmate’s Mental Health Questioned

The outcome of legal wrangling about condemned killer Steven Staley’s mental health is likely to determine if the former laborer is put to death this week in Texas for a slaying almost a quarter-century ago in Fort Worth.

05/13/2012

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Ex-Inmate Struggles To Cash In On Compensation Law

Billy Frederick Allen spent more than 25 years in prison before an appeals court overturned his convictions in two murders. Three years after winning his freedom, Allen is fighting the state again — this time for the $2 million he says he’s owed for wrongful imprisonment.

03/17/2012

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Court Ends Dallas Man’s Wait For Innocence Ruling

A Dallas man released after spending 14 years in prison for murder and attempted murder has been declared innocent of those crimes.

02/15/2012

Stewart Richardson, a suspected drunken driver who slammed into a family's vehicle and put a child in a vegetative state.

Fort Worth Appellate Court Won’t Hear Tragic Drunken Driving Case

Prosecutors were hoping to increase the maximum sentence for an alleged drunken driver who left a Fort Worth boy in a vegetative state. But they left court this week disappointed.

11/11/2011

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Court Ruling Prompts State Sex Offender Status Changes

The Texas parole board has started removing the sex offender status from thousands of parolees who’ve never been convicted of a sex crime.

08/17/2011

Mark Stroman, who is on Death Row for killing an Indian man during a shooting spree that began after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks

Stroman Executed For 9/11 Revenge Killing

A Texas inmate has been executed for killing a Dallas-area convenience store clerk as part of a shooting spree that he said was in retaliation for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

07/20/2011

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Denton Lawyer Challenging Statutory Rape Law

A Denton County attorney is challenging the way statutory rape cases are tried in Texas courts, and his argument could have an impact nationwide.

05/10/2011

Texas death chamber execution gurney. (credit: AP)

Texas Judge To Hold Hearing On Death Penalty Law

In the deeply Republican state that has executed more convicts than any other and the county that has sent the most to death row, an unusual legal proceeding will begin this week: A Democratic judge will hold a lengthy hearing on the constitutionality of the death penalty in Texas.

12/05/2010

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