Exoneree Anthony Graves Speaks Out Against Request to Expedite Death Penalty in Texas

Anthony Graves was incarcerated for 18 years—12 of which were spent on death row—before a federal court overturned his capital murder conviction in 2010. Texas courts had previously rejected all of his appeals. Graves’ case is a prime example of how state courts can make an incorrect decision about a case, and how the protection of federal reviews can save a person’s life—like it did for Graves. Last week, Texas renewed its request to “opt in” to a federal law that would expedite the death penalty by shortening the legal process and limiting appeals options. While proponents of this law claim that it would save the state time and money, it greatly increases the chances of executing an innocent person because it often takes years for lawyers representing those on death row to uncover evidence of innocence. In speaking out against the approval of this law, Graves told the Texas Tribune, “If it were up to the state itself, I would…

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