Tag: criminal justice

Texas Satanic Cult Day Care Couple Found Innocent 25 Years after Convicted

Two years after the State threw out the sexual and satanic ritual abuse case against former Texas child day care owners Dan and Fran Keller, the Travis County District Attorney declared them “actually innocent” and dropped all existing charges, finally exonerating the couple who maintained their innocence since their 1992 convictions.

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Texas Defends Mental Standards in SCOTUS Death Penalty Case

Another Texas death penalty case was argued at the United States Supreme Court this week. The two questions presented was whether executing someone 35 years after the imposition of a death sentence, and allegedly using outdated medical standards to determine intellectual disability, is cruel and unusual punishment prohibited by the U.S. Constitution. The Eighth Amendment prohibits executing those who are intellectually disabled.

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Obama: ‘Much Of Our Criminal Justice System Remains Unfair’

President Obama stated, “much of our criminal justice system remains unfair” during Saturday’s Weekly Address, where he touted criminal justice reform. Transcript as Follows: “Hi, everybody.  Thirty years ago, there were 500,000 people behind bars in America.  Today, there are 2.2

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Rand: GOP Could Win Indy Vote With Criminal Justice Reform

Kentucky Senator and Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul argued that if the GOP embraced criminal justice reform “we’ll win the Independent vote again, and win” at Monday’s Voters First Presidential Forum in New Hampshire. Rand stated, “I’m a different kind of

Rick Perry: GOP Has Ignored Black Vote for Too Long

“When it comes to race, America is a better and more tolerant and more welcoming place than it has ever been. So why is it that even today, so many black families feel left behind?” asked Perry, noting that African-Americans continued to economically lag behind other Americans. Democrats have long had the opportunity to govern in African-American communities. It is time to help black families hold them accountable for the results.

Cornyn Holding Hearing on Rape Kit Backlogs; Democrats Complain About Committee Name

When Senate Republicans changed the name of the Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights to the simpler Subcommittee on the Constitution this past January, Democrats pounced, claiming that the name change meant that Republicans did not care about civil rights or human rights. Wednesday, the Subcommittee, led by Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), will hold its first official hearing on a human rights issue that should be supported by Democrats: the testing of the nationwide backlog of rape kits.

Rand Paul Equates Criminal Justice System to Segregation at Black College

According to a report in The Hill, prospective GOP presidential contender Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) spoke at historically black Bowie State University today, where he “frequently nodded to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s idea that there are ‘two Americas,'” and made his case for criminal justice reform.

Former Governor Rick Perry Joins Right on Crime Campaign

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry has joined the list of prominent conservatives who have endorsed the Statement of Principles of the Right on Crime campaign. The announcement was made on Wednesday. Right on Crime is a project of the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) in partnership with the American Conservative Union Foundation and Justice Fellowship and seeks to promote criminal justice reforms from a conservative perspective.

Poll: Texans Strongly Support Criminal Justice Reforms

A new poll released by Right on Crime, a project of the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF), shows that Texas voters strongly support the criminal justice reforms passed in recent years, and would like to see those reforms continue.

Emu Tortured to Death by Texas High Schoolers, Say Police

A Texas high school football player has been accused of stealing an emu from a farm and then torturing and killing it at a party late in the evening on Valentine’s Day. Seven other students were charged with criminal trespass and criminal mischief, and additional charges may be forthcoming, according to a press release from the county sheriff.

Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield’s Killer Found Guilty

The jury in the trial of Eddie Ray Routh has found him guilty of capital murder for killing “American Sniper” Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range on February 2, 2013. Routh, 27, had admitted to the killings but had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Prosecution Expert: Chris Kyle ‘Absolutely Never Saw This Coming’

The prosecution continued its rebuttal case Tuesday in the trial of Eddie Ray Routh, who is accused of killing “American Sniper” Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield. Howard Ryan, a crime scene analyst, testified Tuesday morning about the crime scene and how the men were killed.

Prosecution Witness: Chris Kyle’s Killer May Have Been Inspired by Seinfeld

The prosecution presented its rebuttal case Friday in the trial of Eddie Ray Routh, who is accused of killing “American Sniper” Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield. Routh has admitted to killing the two men but has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. The prosecution’s experts sought to challenge the credibility of Routh’s insanity claims, pointing out inconsistencies in his story and even a possible inspiration Routh may have drawn from the TV show “Seinfeld.”

Former Girlfriend and Sister of Chris Kyle’s Accused Killer Testify

Defense attorneys for Eddie Ray Routh, accused of killing “American Sniper” author and Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield, continued to present their case on Wednesday, calling Routh’s former girlfriend and then his sister to testify. Routh has admitted killing the two men but has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Mother of Chris Kyle’s Accused Killer Testifies at Trial

On Tuesday, the prosecution rested its case against Eddie Ray Routh, accused of killing “American Sniper” hero Chris Kyle and another veteran named Chad Littlefield. Routh’s defense attorneys then began presenting their case, and one of the first witnesses called was Jodi Routh, Routh’s mother.

Texas Man Strangled Wife to Death, Slept Next to Her Body

A Texas man was sentenced to 45 years in prison on Monday for strangling his wife to death during an argument last May. Epifanio Guzman, 43, of Lubbock, claimed he had not realized that he had killed her until he woke up the next morning and saw her dead body, as reported by the Daily Mail.

Study: Texas Juvenile Justice Reforms Having Positive Effect

A new nonpartisan study released on Thursday revealed positive effects from juvenile justice reforms passed in Texas during recent years, with the state showing a significant drop in the juvenile incarceration rate while the juvenile crime rate also fell during the same time period.