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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 […]

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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 […]

Bobby Moore, a man who has been on death row since 1980, will have his case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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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 […]

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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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