Category: TDS News

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 […]

The Fight to End Life Without Parole for Texas Children

The Fight to End Life Without Parole for Texas Children

Dear Supporters, We wanted to share the news that our client Eric Johnson has been resentenced. When he was a child, Eric received an unconstitutional sentence of mandatory juvenile life without parole. The U.S. Supreme Court declared that such sentences are unconstitutional over a decade ago. But Eric, and many others, are still serving these […]

Our New Report on Extreme Racial Disparities in Harris County’s Use of the Death Penalty

Our New Report on Extreme Racial Disparities in Harris County’s Use of the Death Penalty

Dear Supporters, My name is Estelle Hebron-Jones, and I am the Director of Special Projects at Texas Defender Service, a role that I stepped into in December of last year after five years as an attorney at TDS.  On behalf of TDS, I am thrilled to share with you our latest report, titled Arbitrary and Capricious: Examining Racial […]