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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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Death Penalty Revisited and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, October 6, 2014

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 […]

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What’s Right and Wrong About Executions in Texas, and Are Attitudes Toward the Death Penalty Changing in the Lone Star State?

Posted on · Last week, the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals stayed the execution of Robert James Campbell within hours of his execution. The 41 year old was convicted in 1991 of the rape and murder of a Houston bank teller. The stay allows his lawyers to file a new petition alleging he's developmentally disabled, according to […]

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Death Penalty, Affordable Care Act in Houston, and Crawfish: Houston Matters for Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Posted on · Last week, the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals stayed the execution of Robert James Campbell within hours of his execution. The 41 year old was convicted in 1991 of the rape and murder of a Houston bank teller. The stay allows his lawyers to file a new petition alleging he's developmentally disabled, according to […]

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Houston Matters For Friday, June 21, 2013

Posted on · On this edition of Houston Matters, we explore why Texas leads the way in executions, and what it says about us. Also, the energy industry is a key component of Houston's economy. We'll talk with author Michael Leviabout his new book The Power Surge, which calls for a "most of the above" approach to America's […]