Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Dallas man released after spending 14 years in prison for murder and attempted murder has been declared innocent of those crimes.
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.
The Texas parole board has started removing the sex offender status from thousands of parolees who’ve never been convicted of a sex crime.
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.
A Denton County attorney is challenging the way statutory rape cases are tried in Texas courts, and his argument could have an impact nationwide.
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.