BREAKING NEWS: (10/14). The execution of Larry Hatten in Texas, scheduled for Oct. 15, has been stayed to resolve an appellate issue.
(10/13). Oklahoma will delay the rest of its 2014 scheduled executions until 2015 to allow time to obtain necessary drugs. Oklahoma's new execution protocol, retaining secrecy and the controversial drug midazolam, can be found here. Description of new execution chamber here.
Former death row inmate released in Texas
Manuel Velez (c.) reunites with members of his family
On October 8 former death row inmate Manuel Velez was freed from a Texas prison, following a "no contest" plea to a lesser charge on August 25. Velez had been convicted of killing his girlfriend's one-year-old son but consistently maintained his complete innocence. Velez's conviction was overturned in 2013 because his attorney failed to present evidence that the injuries leading to the child's death were sustained while Velez was 1,000 miles away. He had spent nine years in prison, four of them on death row. His case contained a litany of injustices, including police misconduct, prosecutorial deception, ineffectiveness of defense counsel, and untruthful witnesses.
Manuel Velez (c.) and his attorneys, shortly after his release
Manuel Velez with his son Ismael, before his arrest
Velez agreed to the no-contest plea to a lesser charge so he could rejoin his family without the delay of a retrial, even though a retrial might have fully exonerated him.
(All photos courtesy ACLU)
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