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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 […]

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White Oak Music Hall, Death Penalty Study, and IIIZ+: Friday’s Show (September 23, 2016)

Posted on · If you’re a live music fan, you’ve probably heard about White Oak Music Hall – a multi-stage venue that opened on Houston’s Near Northside neighborhood this year. And if you live near the venue, you either think it’s a terrific sign of positive redevelopment, or a noise nuisance that never should’ve been allowed in the […]

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Why are Fewer Death Sentences Being Handed Down in Texas?

Posted on · The Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty holds its annual conference this weekend in Houston. Harris County has been described in the past as the death penalty capital of the world because so many death sentences were once handed down here, but last year there were only two. We explore what’s behind that decline, and […]

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Death Penalty, Underage Marriage and Stem Cell Therapy: Thursday’s Show (February 18, 2016)

Posted on · The Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty holds its annual conference this weekend in Houston. Harris County has been described in the past as the death penalty capital of the world because so many death sentences were once handed down here, but last year there were only two. On this edition of Houston Matters, […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Death Penalty, Hunting Rights and Writing an Essay to Win a House: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From death penalty news in both Texas and Nebraska, to a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would protect Texans’ rights to fish and hunt, and to writing an essay to win a house: we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s Houston news. This week’s panel of “non-experts” is comprised […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Execution Delayed, Krispy Kreme Returning, and Stick Shifts: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From a re-evaluation of a death row inmate’s mental competency, to the return of Krispy Kreme to Houston, to young car thieves being thwarted by a stick shift: we discuss The Good, The Good and The Ugly of this week’s Houston news. This week’s panel of non-experts is comprised of: Houston Chronicle writer Lisa Falkenberg, MochaDad.com […]

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Keystone, Pumps and Pipes, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Houston Matters for Friday, Dec. 5, 2014

Posted on · In the coming months, Congress is expected to vote on pipeline expansion from Alberta to Kansas. If approved, this new section of the Keystone Pipeline which would bring heavy Canadian crude oil to refineries near Houston and Beaumont. On this edition of Houston Matters, we consider the pros and cons of the Keystone XL Pipeline. […]

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Advocates for and Against the Death Penalty Make Their Case

Posted on · Nine people have been executed in the state of Texas in 2014. Two more are scheduled for execution later this month. While eleven executions would be, by far, the most in any state in 2014, it’s also the fewest in Texas since 1996. Why? Are attitudes changing towards the death penalty in Texas? Are we intentionally […]