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After granting a stay of execution to Duane Buck just hours before he was to be put to death in Texas on Thursday, the Supreme Court must now review the case or, at the very least, order a lower federal court to consider Mr. Buck’s plea for a new sentencing hearing. It cannot allow a terrible injustice to stand.
Over fifteen years ago, I survived a tragic shooting in which I lost a dear friend. I now find myself pleading to spare the life of another beloved friend – Duane Buck, the person responsible for nearly taking my life. Duane is scheduled to be put to death in Texas in a matter of days despite appeals to stop his execution by me and another unlikely supporter – a prosecutor from his trial.
A lawyer who worked on the Harris County District Attorney's prosecution team that sent Duane Edward Buck to death row is calling on state officials to halt the execution scheduled for Thursday and allow for a new sentencing trial in the case.
Dr. Death. It was a fitting nickname for the tall gentleman with a spectral complexion who haunted the corridors of the Dallas County Courthouse in the 1980s.
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LDF Presents Testimony to Congress Regarding State Laws That Threaten to Undermine Minority Voting Rights
(Washington, D.C.) — Today, Ryan Haygood, Director of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s Political Participation Group, offered testimony at a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights that addressed a wave of laws that erect barriers to the ballot box.