Jolie McCullough

Federal court stops execution of Dexter Johnson within 24 hours of his scheduled death

A federal appellate court halted the execution of Texas inmate Dexter Johnson on Wednesday evening, less than 24 hours before he was set to die.

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There's no indication that mental illness was a factor in the El Paso shooting — no matter what the Texas governor says

Hours after a white gunman walked into an El Paso Walmart on Saturday and killed nearly two dozen Hispanic shoppers, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott addressed a room full of reporters in the border city and expressed grief and support for the community.

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US Department of Justice says FDA can't regulate execution drugs

For years, Texas and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have fought a legal battle over whether the state can import drugs used to execute death-row inmates. On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice issued an opinion claiming that the FDA actually has no regulatory power over drugs used in lethal injections.

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Texas execution set for racist white man convicted of chaining James Byrd Jr. to the back of a pickup truck and dragging him to his death

It’s been more than two decades since an infamous hate crime in East Texas, where three white men were convicted of chaining a black man to the back of a pickup truck, dragging him for miles and then dumping the remains of his body in front of a church.

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US Supreme Court stops execution of Texas prisoner over denial of Buddhist spiritual adviser

Hours after his execution was originally scheduled to begin, the U.S Supreme Court on Thursday stopped the death of one of the infamous "Texas Seven."

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Texas police made more than $50 million in 2017 by seizing people’s property

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Trump Official Says Ted Cruz Could Lose to Beto O'Rourke: 'Likability' Still Counts

President Donald Trump’s budget chief said Saturday that Republican U.S. Sen Ted Cruz could lose his seat in the November elections, suggesting that he is not likable enough, The New York Times reported.

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