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Save Ramiro

Save Ramiro

Dear Friends, Please help save Ramiro Gonzales. Sign the petition calling on the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles and Governor Abbott to spare his life.  Ramiro Gonzales is set to be executed by the State of Texas on June 26, 2024, for a murder he committed just a few months after his 18th birthday. Today a […]

Join Us for an Essential Conversation on Race & the Death Penalty

Join Us for an Essential Conversation on Race & the Death Penalty

Dear Supporters, Please join us for an important conversation about race and the death penalty in Texas. On May 30th from 6:30-7:30 pm central time, Estelle Hebron-Jones, Texas Defender Service’s Director of Special Projects, will co-lead a Zoom discussion about the legacy of lynching and slavery in Texas and its impact on the modern death penalty. You […]

Join Us for Texas Defender Service’s 2024 Light of Justice Luncheon!

Join Us for Texas Defender Service’s 2024 Light of Justice Luncheon!

Dear Friends, Please join us for Texas Defender Service’s 2024 Light of Justice Luncheon, featuring New York Times bestselling novelist Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah and co-chaired by Caitlin Halpern of Gibbs & Bruns LLP and Steve Putman of Black Stone Minerals, L.P. The luncheon will be held on October 22, 2024 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Houston, Texas and will honor Kirkland & […]

BREAKING: Justice Sotomayor Dissents from Dillion Compton’s Cert Denial

BREAKING: Justice Sotomayor Dissents from Dillion Compton’s Cert Denial

Dear Supporters, We are disappointed that justice has been denied for our client Dillion Compton. Today, the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari review for Mr. Compton, despite the fact that the prosecutor excluded 13 of the 15 women eligible to serve on his jury. The prosecutor’s actions resulted in only 4 women serving on a jury […]

Invisible Wounds

Invisible Wounds

Dear Supporters, We are grateful to share the news that our client Stewart Mettz has been spared the death penalty. The prosecutor agreed to drop the death penalty, and Stewart has been sentenced to life imprisonment. Stewart was a combat Veteran of the Gulf War.  Our combat Veterans come home to us carrying a heavy burden. Struggling to […]

It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way

It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way

Dear Supporters, In Texas, people can be convicted of murder and sentenced to death for crimes committed by other people. That’s possible under Texas’s incredibly harsh Law of Parties. As we explained in our last email, Texas’s Law of Parties allows prosecutors to charge people with crimes committed by someone else as a “party”—even if they […]