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Texas Innocence Network The Texas Innocence Network is a non-profit legal organization which works on post-conviction actual Dow in 2000.

Created in 2000, the Texas Innocence Network, based at the University of Houston Law Center, is Texas’ oldest innocence network. Capital Division

The Capital Division represents death-sentenced inmates in their state and federal habeas appeals. TIN attorneys rely largely on student interns to conduct the exhaustive investigations necessary to develop the claims raised in these proceedings. The Ca

Created in 2000, the Texas Innocence Network, based at the University of Houston Law Center, is Texas’ oldest innocence network. Capital Division

The Capital Division represents death-sentenced inmates in their state and federal habeas appeals. TIN attorneys rely largely on student interns to conduct the exhaustive investigations necessary to develop the claims raised in these proceedings. The Ca

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MLK Day 2022: The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the Death Penalty
01/17/2022
MLK Day 2022: The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the Death Penalty

MLK Day 2022: The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the Death Penalty

King was asked "Do you think God approves the death penalty for crimes like r**e and murder?" He responded, " I do not think that God approves the death penalty for any crime, r**e and murder included.... King preached a philosophy that had no room for capital retribution: "Returning hate for hate.....

06/15/2021

Did you know that an alarming 60% of children who were victims of child s*x trafficking had been involved with child welfare services?
Join Juvenile and Children's Advocacy Project, United Against Human Trafficking, and Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition TOMORROW JUNE 16, for a panel discussion on Foster Kids and Human Trafficking.
Katya Dow
Register here: https://lnkd.in/duTBEVr

Great news today for our client, Edward Busby.
02/03/2021

Great news today for our client, Edward Busby.

“But perhaps there is something more. If the State of Texas holds that it’s impossible to properly vet and train spiritu...
10/19/2020
Opinion | A Question of Life and Death Looms for Amy Coney Barrett

“But perhaps there is something more. If the State of Texas holds that it’s impossible to properly vet and train spiritual representatives of the myriad faiths represented among its condemned, and it violates a person’s religious liberty to be refused a spiritual adviser at the moment of death, then the simplest resolution is that no person ought ever to be executed in Texas again.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/19/opinion/amy-coney-barrett-death-penalty-catholic.html

If confirmed, she may soon have to reconcile her Catholic morality and the law over a death penalty case.

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07/29/2020

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Do you know about our Texas Innocence Network? TIN, established at the Law Center in 2000, is the oldest innocence program in Texas, and has two divisions. The Capital Division represents death-sentenced inmates at every stage of their state and federal habeas appeals. The Non-Capital Division works to exonerate inmates who did not commit the crimes for which they were wrongfully-convicted.

Want to know more? http://www.law.uh.edu/tin/homepage.asp

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Photos from Honey Brown Hope Foundation's post
06/20/2020

Photos from Honey Brown Hope Foundation's post

“There is nothing merciful about asking someone to plead guilty to a crime the evidence clearly shows they didn’t commit...
02/23/2020
A 42-year inmate’s choice: Exoneration fight or ‘deal with the devil’ for freedom

“There is nothing merciful about asking someone to plead guilty to a crime the evidence clearly shows they didn’t commit,” she shot back. “It’s coercive, and to call it anything else is laughable.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/a-42-year-inmates-choice-exoneration-fight-or-deal-with-the-devil-for-freedom/2020/02/19/47564e50-4e84-11ea-bf44-f5043eb3918a_story.html

Though New Orleans prosecutors suppressed key evidence at his trial, Brooks was offered a plea deal instead of exoneration. He’s not alone.

http://www.aulawreview.org/dead-wrong-texas-tests-the-free-exercise-clause-and-the-religious-land-use-and-institutionali...
02/12/2020
American University Law Review | Dead Wrong: Texas Tests the Free Exercise Clause and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act by Banning Spiritual Advisors from Ex*****on Chambers

http://www.aulawreview.org/dead-wrong-texas-tests-the-free-exercise-clause-and-the-religious-land-use-and-institutionalized-persons-act-by-banning-spiritual-advisors-from-ex*****on-chambers/

American University Law Review Forum Comment Volume 69 Forum Dead Wrong: Texas Tests the Free Exercise Clause and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act by Banning Spiritual Advisors from Ex*****on Chambers February 8, 2020 by Caroline Koch* 69 Am. U. L. Rev. F. 125 (2020). * Junio...

Jurors swayed by racism in Texas death penalty case?
02/06/2020
Jurors swayed by racism in Texas death penalty case?

Jurors swayed by racism in Texas death penalty case?

NEW ORLEANS — Andre Thomas is blind because he gouged out his own eyes and ate one of them.He is incarcerated because he stabbed his white wife,

Race Looms Ever Larger as Death Sentences Decline
12/04/2019
Race Looms Ever Larger as Death Sentences Decline

Race Looms Ever Larger as Death Sentences Decline

The Supreme Court restarted the death penalty in 1976 after ruling it unconstitutional. Our numbers show that race remains an overwhelming factor.

11/15/2019

Rodney Reed just got a stay from the CCA. Tremendous work by his team.

School Discipline | Toolkit: Make My School Safe
11/13/2019
School Discipline | Toolkit: Make My School Safe

School Discipline | Toolkit: Make My School Safe

Even though students’ rights in school disciplinary proceedings are limited, they still have rights. In this guide, you will find information about students’ rights in school disciplinary proceedings and practical information on how to appeal or file a grievance if you think that a student’s r...

Our client Patrick Murphy will not be executed tonight. This will allow proceedings to determine what right he has to be...
11/13/2019
Federal judge delays ex*****on of “Texas Seven” prisoner over claims of religious discrimination

Our client Patrick Murphy will not be executed tonight. This will allow proceedings to determine what right he has to be accompanied by a Buddhist reverend during the moments before he is executed to continue in the district court.

For the second time, a court has stopped Murphy's ex*****on over concerns that the Texas prison system's ex*****on procedures discriminate against non-Christian inmates.

Our capital division interns (5 of 7 of whom are pictured below) have done some really terrific work this summer.
08/01/2019

Our capital division interns (5 of 7 of whom are pictured below) have done some really terrific work this summer.

Lindy Lou, Juror Number 2: A Film and Expert Panel on the Death Penalty
05/31/2019
Lindy Lou, Juror Number 2: A Film and Expert Panel on the Death Penalty

Lindy Lou, Juror Number 2: A Film and Expert Panel on the Death Penalty

Lindy Lou, Juror Number 2 is a documentary from filmmaker Florent Vassault that tells the story of Lindy Lou Isonhood, who served on a capital jury in Mississippi 20 years ago. The jury’s decision to sentence the defendant to death had a profound impact on her. In the film, she attempts to track d...

https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Worst-decision-I-ve-ever-made-Juror-from-13674892.php
03/09/2019
‘Worst decision I’ve ever made’: Juror from Alfred Brown case finds relief in innocence finding

https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Worst-decision-I-ve-ever-made-Juror-from-13674892.php

Every day for 14 years, Anne O'Donnell prayed for Alfred Brown. It seemed like the least she could do for the man she'd helped send to death row. A juror in the Harris County man's capital murder trial, O'Donnell had doubts from the start. As she remembers it, she was the last of the 12 who could be...

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Great news today for our client, Edward Busby.
“But perhaps there is something more. If the State of Texas holds that it’s impossible to properly vet and train spiritual representatives of the myriad faiths represented among its condemned, and it violates a person’s religious liberty to be refused a spiritual adviser at the moment of death, then the simplest resolution is that no person ought ever to be executed in Texas again.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/19/opinion/amy-coney-barrett-death-penalty-catholic.html
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