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Prosecutors Seek Life Sentence For Intellectually Disabled Man On Texas Death Row

Posted on · “I am doing what I believe the law requires,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said of the brief filed with the Court of Criminal Appeals, Texas’s highest court for criminal cases. “The nation’s highest court has ruled that intellectually disabled persons can’t be subject to the death penalty.”

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Death Penalty Drugs, and McDonald’s at Ben Taub: The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to a rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of it all. This week we discuss Texas suing to […]

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Ken Burns and Lynn Novick Discuss ‘The Vietnam War’ — Friday’s Show (April 28, 2017)

Posted on · (Above: Houston Matters host Craig Cohen talks with documentary filmmakers Lynn Novick and Ken Burns during their visit to Houston on April 26, 2017. Photo: Abner Fletcher | Houston Public Media) Ken Burns rose to fame in 1990 for his epic, sprawling documentary film series The Civil War. His partner in filmmaking Lynn Novick, who […]

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Could the U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Impact Death Penalty Cases in Texas?

Posted on · The U.S. Supreme Court this week (April 3, 2017) agreed to hear yet another Texas death penalty case. This one involves a Honduran national convicted of murder during a home invasion here in Houston. That announcement comes just a week (March 28, 2017) after the High Court rejected the state’s standard for mental disability in […]

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Redefining Mental Disability in Death Penalty Cases: Friday’s Show (April 7, 2017)

Posted on · We’ll kick off today’s Houston Matters  by discussing the potential impact of the U.S. air strike on Syria on oil prices, and oil and gas companies in Greater Houston, with News 88.7 energy and environment reporter Travis Bubenik. Then… The U.S. Supreme Court this week (April 3, 2017) agreed to hear yet another Texas death penalty […]

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Mental Disability in Death Penalty Cases, and a Spat in Pasadena: The Good, Bad and Ugly of the News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of it all. This week, our panel weighs in on: […]

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U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Texas Death Penalty Case On Intellectual Disability

Posted on · It’s unconstitutional to execute people with intellectual disabilities, that much the U.S. Supreme Court has made clear. But things get fuzzy when individual states try to legally determine “intellectual disability,” and that ambiguity is leading Texas to its latest hearing before the high court.

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Harvard Law Study Singles Out Harris County for Poor Handling of Death Penalty Cases 

Posted on · A Harvard Law School study reports that racial bias, over-aggressive prosecutions and inadequate representation for poor defendants plague Harris County’s handling of death penalty cases. We discuss the study with Jeffrey Newberry, a legal clinic supervisor at the  University of Houston Law Center, and Ana Otero, a professor of law at Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall […]