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BREAKING: Rodney Reed will not be executed Wednesday. Court of Criminal Appeals issues stay, returns case to trial court to consider new evidence presented that supporters say points to innocence.
Just talked to Reed's lawyer, who said: "What we explained to the board was that this is a complicated case with compelling evidence of innocence, and that it needs to be considered in an orderly way." More: https://t.co/xsUfx6fGA9
The only other time Gov. Abbott was faced with a clemency recommendation from the parole board, he waited until an hour before execution to spare the life of Thomas Whitaker in Feb. 2018. He cited the board's unanimous support for a life sentence as one of the factors swaying him
Here's the official notice of the parole board's decision to recommend a 120-day reprieve for Rodney Reed, set to be executed Wednesday: https://t.co/9i2VPOC23i
Here's some helpful background on the Texas clemency process and Reed's request: statesman.com/news/20191114/…
Board rejects Reed's request to commute death sentence to life in prison. #RodneyReed #txlege
BREAKING: Board of Pardons and Paroles votes unanimously to recommend that Gov. Abbott GRANT a 120-day reprieve DELAYING Rodney Reed's execution, set for Wednesday. Abbott can accept or reject the recommendation #txlege #RodneyReed
US Supreme Court accepts 4 cases, including Google v. Oracle. Nothing about Rodney Reed after today's conference. Order: supremecourt.gov/orders/courtor…
Clemency in Texas: Rodney Reed turns to Gov. Abbott, parole board in a bid to halt Wednesday's execution -- a process that history shows is a long shot. Details: #txlege #RodneyReed statesman.com/news/20191114/…
RT @tplohetski: For 23 years, a Williamson County man listed as a sex offender. But secret prosecutor notes undid his conviction: https://t…
Appeals court voids ruling that found Texas in violation of federal voter registration law: #txlege statesman.com/news/20191113/…
You can read the 5th Circuit court's ruling here: ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/1…
5th Circuit Court REJECTS request to void fed judge's stay so death row inmate Patrick Murphy can be executed tomorrow. SCOTUS had blocked execution after Murphy, a Buddhist, was denied a spiritual adviser in the death chamber. From today's ruling: https://t.co/q0PdVSaAnP
Read the ruling, which includes a concurring opinion from Judge Ho, who has concerns about deprivation of voting rights: ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/1…
5th Circuit Court OVERTURNS ruling that found Texas in violation of motor voter law (judge ordered state to let Texans register to vote when they obtain or renew a driver's license on the DPS website). Ruling not on merits; panel said plaintiffs lacked standing to sue.
U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul urges Gov. Abbott to postpone Rodney Reed's execution, saying "new evidence and witness testimony has emerged to cast doubt in his conviction." This more than another GOP call for a delay. McCaul once oversaw death penalty appeals for the AG's office. https://t.co/CqRWzXYbIc
Another Republican lawmaker presses for a full review before Rodney Reed is executed next week. #txlege twitter.com/replylelarson/…
In latest filing, Rodney Reed produces four new witnesses that defense lawyers say point to his innocence. Execution set for next week. statesman.com/news/20191112/…
When you live in Texas, the wind chill warnings come with no-shit tips for dealing with the cold. Can almost hear my Wisconsin friends giggling: https://t.co/pej9sMKSlX
Latest Rodney Reed news: 16 Texas senators -- 8 Republicans, 8 Democrats -- send letter urging Gov. Abbott to halt the Nov. 20 execution. You'll notice some of the Senate's most conservative Republicans on the list below: #txlege https://t.co/lcgPPOG0aq
GOP calls grow to halt Rodney Reed execution; celebrities (Beyoncé, Oprah) also pile on: statesman.com/news/20191107/…
U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services has slapped a $1.6 million fine on Texas health agency for HIPAA violations because names, addresses, Social Security numbers and treatment information was available online for 6,617 people. Notice: hhs.gov/hipaa/for-prof… #txlege
I have to think that, if the course of Rodney Reed's fate is to change, it will be pleas like this, from fellow Republicans speaking a language familiar to Gov. Abbott, that will matter more than the celebrities who are weighing in. #RodneyReed twitter.com/leachfortexas/…
Gov. Abbott appoints Geoffrey Puryear, an assistant DA for Travis County, as district judge for the newly created 460th District Court in Austin. It will handle criminal cases. #txlege
Date for oral arguments and briefing schedule not yet set. Here's the court's order: ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/1…
NEW: Entire 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals will rehear the challenge to the Indian Child Welfare Act, which was upheld by a 3-judge panel in August. Law gives preference to tribal members for adoptions. Texas AG Paxton joined non-Indian families to try to overturn the law.
RT @OslerSCTX: Justice Jane Bland’s formal investiture will be at 2 p.m. today in the Texas House of Representatives chamber with Fifth Cir…
RT @keribla: #BREAKING Once again, Patrick Murphy just won a stay of execution. He's the "Texas 7" lookout man who also got a stay earlier…
Oprah adds her star power to calls to delay Rodney Reed's execution, telling "CBS This Morning" that 2 million people signed on online petition for Reed: "So governor, if you're watching, hello. I think this is a sign you're supposed to at least not execute but look at it." https://t.co/2SwYcyw0ZR
Texas Rep. Poncho Nevárez, D-Eagle Pass, says his office has deactivated its Facebook page, saying Mark Zuckerberg "has no interest in the truth." #txlege https://t.co/qncDExrcjO
State Rep. John Cyrier, R-Lockhart, joins call for delay to Rodney Reed's Nov. 29 execution. Murder took place in his district. Says he can't speak to Reed's guilt or innocence, but can speak for justice and the right to have evidence fully considered. #txlege https://t.co/uZumqu7w89
Overruled twice, Texas court tosses out Moore's death sentence statesman.com/news/20191106/…
Supreme Court said the Texas court relied on "lay stereotypes of the intellectually disabled" and ignored scientific standards to determine whether Moore (AND others like him) was competent for execution.
Spanked TWICE by the US Supreme Court over rulings that found death row inmate Bobby James Moore could be executed because he was not intellectually disabled, Tx Court of Criminal Appeals gives in: search.txcourts.gov/SearchMedia.as… https://t.co/v2rEb1sp5s
Court of Criminal Appeals overturns child sexual assault conviction of Greg Kelley, which prosecutors did not oppose. New evidence undermined an already weak case, concurring opinion says. Background: statesman.com/news/20171226/…
Voters in favor of Prop 1, municipal judges amendment that was roundly defeated statewide: Travis - 52% -- a true outlier Williamson - 34% Hays - 37% Bastrop - 33%
Voters in favor of Prop 10, police animal adoption amendment: Travis - 95.16% Williamson - 95.14% Hays - 94.94% Bastrop - 95.31%
Voters in favor of Prop 9, precious metals amendment: Travis - 33% Williamson - 45% Hays - 42.5% Bastrop - 48.5%
Voters in favor of Prop 4, property tax amendment: Travis - 44% Williamson - 69% Hays - 65% Bastrop - 74%
9 of 10 Texas constitutional amendments are headed for approval with 90% of counties reporting at least early votes. #txlege statesman.com/news/20191105/…
With two-thirds of counties reporting at least early votes: Prop 1, muni judges, is a goner, 35% for. Up big: Prop 3, disaster property tax break, 86% Prop 5, sporting good taxes for parks, 86% Prop 10, police animal adoptions, 93.54% Prop 4, income tax, edges up to 75%
Prop 10, on police animal adoptions, is at 93.48%. According to @TxElects the most favored amendment ever was in 1997, increasing the homestead exemption, received 93.8% support. So that dog may hunt... #txlege
On constitutional amendments With 57% of counties reporting at least early votes Prop 1 on muni judges is still taking, 35% for Prop 4, property taxes, up 74% Prop 6, cancer grants, up 65% Prop 9, precious metals, clings to 54% lead #txlege
Most constitutional amendments, including income tax, are leading early statesman.com/news/20191105/…
With 33% of counties reporting early votes: Prop 1, on muni judges, is the only one losing (34% for) Prop 4, income tax, 73% for. Prop 9, precious metals, close at 54% for. Prop 10, the police dog/horse adoptions, up biggest with 93% #txlege
Correcting this tweet: Appeals court rejected claim of ineffective lawyer at sentencing … BUT granted certificate of appealability on ineffective trial lawyer at guilt phase and claim that his trial was tainted by exclusion of black jurors. twitter.com/chucklindell/s…
In bipartisan plea, 26 Texas lawmakers urge delay to Rodney Reed execution, set for Nov. 20: #txlege statesman.com/news/20191105/…
An email Subject Line that gets a lot less interesting when you learn these are death metal bands. https://t.co/m6gL4znzQe
Democrats sue, saying Texas ballot law benefits GOP by requiring Republicans to be listed first on general election ballots. #txlege statesman.com/news/20191102/…
RT @JulieChang1: BREAKING: Eight Austin schools taken off closure list -- for now statesman.com/news/20191101/… #txed
5th US Circuit Court of Appeals rejects appeal from death row inmate Ker'sean Ramey. Ruling: ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/1…
RT @nicolecobler: Breaking: @BetoORourke ends presidential bid statesman.com/news/20191101/… via @statesman
Beto drops out of the presidential race, will not run for U.S. Senate in Texas. twitter.com/BetoORourke/st…
Inbox: President Trump says he will appoint Stephen Hahn to be Commissioner of Food and Drugs at Health and Human Services Dept. Dr. Hahn is chief medical executive at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
Also joining the lawsuit: Democratic National Committee Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee #txlege
Texas Democratic Party files fed court lawsuit to overturn state law that requires candidates who belong to the same party as the governor to listed first on the ballot. Says position bias gives GOP an advantage. #txlege Lawsuit: texasdemocrats.org/wp-content/upl…
US Supreme Court schedules death row inmate Rodney Reed's appeal for its Nov. 15 conference, 5 days before his scheduled execution. Defense lawyers seeking a stay of execution, review of new evidence that they say establishes Reed's innocence. supremecourt.gov/search.aspx?fi… https://t.co/gOlZiqi5ZH
TMF says he will match the first $100,000 in donations. #txlege
Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer launches a PAC to help Dems running for Texas House. You may recall Speaker Bonnen, in That Recording, mentioning TMF and efforts to stifle Dem campaigning in 2020. #txlege https://t.co/HJgpkYi4t0
RT @TDCAA: “What’re you in for?” #HappyHalloween 🎃 https://t.co/zE69SYZyT0
RT @VirtualCapitol: DPS chief seeks better social media cooperation on violence prevention statesman.com/news/20191030/…
New witness for Rodney Reed, set to be executed Nov. 20, says victim's fiance confessed to murder that landed Reed on death row 21 years ago: statesman.com/news/20191030/…
Interesting alert on the homepage for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals: https://t.co/MxqqvYcrjv
Federal judge tosses out conviction, 99-year sentence for Austin's Rosa Jimenez in 2003 death of 1-year-old: statesman.com/news/20191029/…
Arrested outside the Capitol, woman claims she sprayed blood, urine on paintings of governors, DPS says. #txlege statesman.com/news/20191029/…
RT @PhilJankowski: BREAKING: Notice of TxDOT removal of camps under highways going out today. Camps to be cleared Nov. 4 (Monday) https://t…
Law enforcement officers join effort to block Reed execution, filing brief on his behalf at the US Supreme Court: statesman.com/news/20191028/…
Death row inmate Rodney Reed turns to federal court to press for DNA tests on the murder weapon, which have never been done: statesman.com/news/20191028/…
With today's appointments, Texas now has a 15-member Commission on Judicial Selection. Created by HB 3040, the panel will recommend changes to the way Texas selects judges. Report due by end of 2020. #txlege https://t.co/m3oOBz60Nx
RT @kherman: Veep to Central Texas: https://t.co/2tU6H1TA6G
RT @JTiloveTX: @RepDennisBonnen spokeswoman Cait Meisenheimer reaction to decision by Brazoria County DA not to seek criminal prosecution f…
Passed by the Legislature with only a handful of “no” votes earlier this year, House Bill 1078 promised a free driver’s license or license to carry a handgun for most Texans who are CPR certified. It was not to be, however. #txlege statesman.com/news/20191023/…
I missed this yesterday, but Tx Court of Criminal Appeals yesterday halted the Oct. 30 execution of Ruben Guttierez, who challenged the validity of his execution warrant. Execution is "stayed pending further order by this Court." Decision: search.txcourts.gov/SearchMedia.as…
Texas and DC Democrats place a wager on the World Series. The stakes: https://t.co/5heu82XxGS
Texas Democratic Party announces that it will DISMISS its lawsuit against Michael Quinn Sullivan, saying mission accomplished: * A copy of the recording is public. * With Bonnen's departure, "the Speaker's breach of the state's campaign finance laws" will not continue. #txlege
Even with House Speaker Dennis Bonnen off the 2020 ballot, Texas Democrats still project him to be an election liability. #txlege https://t.co/4JfJ1371Q4
RT @DrewSpringer: After the Caucus retreat & talking w/ scores of colleagues in the last 48 hours it was clear the House needed new leaders…
Embattled Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen won't seek re-election statesman.com/news/20191022/…
Innocence Project asks Gov. Abbott for 30-day delay of Rodney Reed's execution (Nov. 20) to give parole board time to decide if Reed’s death sentence should be commuted "in light of the grave doubt concerning his guilt." Letter: innocenceproject.org/wp-content/upl… https://t.co/ODar7wZ8rm
Want to know more about any of the 10 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution that are on the ballot? Here's one-stop shopping from our State Desk writers: #txlege statesman.com/news/20191021/…
Michael Quinn Sullivan asks 3rd Court of Appeals to void judge's order requiring him to produce a complete copy of the recording of Bonnen meeting, plus related documents, to Texas Democratic Party. Background: #txlege statesman.com/news/20191016/…
My kids didn’t eat a Butterfinger until they were old enough to know to hide them twitter.com/nbc12/status/1…
After today's meeting in office, House GOP Caucus issues statement condemning Bonnen's and Burrows' statements as revealed in the secret recording, note a speaker cannot be removed unless the House is in session and says caucus intends to nominate a speaker candidate. #txlege https://t.co/HNXrjXYyKL
State Bar of Texas says a former temp has been arrested by DPS for fraudulent use or possession of identifying information for 12 lawyers, who were previously notified. Bar says it's adopted additional safeguards to protect data. https://t.co/zMKTOUrdXG
Gov. Abbott announces the departure of David Whitley -- who became a headline name as the former Secretary of State who oversaw a botched investigation of voter citizenship -- as a special adviser in his office. Doesn't say where Whitley is headed. #txlege https://t.co/g5wxQro5aV
"Tilove: I was a `useful idiot' for Dennis Bonnen" -- or when a reporter takes responsibility for the lies told by a lying politician who hasn't taken responsibility for those lies... statesman.com/news/20191017/…
RT @maggieNYT: Perry tells president he's resigning, per administration official. Happened as POTUS headed to Perry's home state of Texas t…
Proposition 8 would create state flood control fund: #txlege statesman.com/news/20191016/…
Death row appeal: Inmate asks Texas appeals court to reconsider, saying its recent decision involving a now-dead lawyer would require a séance and 'proof directly from beyond the grave' statesman.com/news/20191017/…
 
 
 
 
 
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