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Name: Arturo Aranda Conviction: Shooting and killing a police officer in Laredo while hauling more than 500 pounds of marijuana on July 31, 1976.
Arrived on death row: May 18, 1979Years awaiting execution: 38Name: Arturo Aranda Conviction: Shooting and killing a police officer in Laredo while hauling more than 500 pounds of marijuana on July 31, 1976.
The fact that a federal court overturns the judgment doesn't mean that that's a just result." Houston-based capital defense attorney Patrick Mc Cann stressed that federal courts are where many condemned men —including those wrongfully convicted like Anthony Graves, and those deemed too intellectually disabled to execute, like Bobby Moore — have gotten relief. But what's sparking the most concern among defense lawyers is a change that would halve the time attorneys have to file the first part of their federal appeal.Kent Scheidegger, death penalty supporter and legal director of the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation touted opt-in as a way to speed up the process."We talk about due process of law — I call this overdue process of law," he said."Opt-in would speed up the death penalty treadmill exponentially," said Kathryn Kase, a longtime defense attorney and former executive director of Texas Defender Services.A spokeswoman for the state's attorney general framed the request to the Justice Department as a necessary way to avoid "stressful delays" and cut down on the "excessive costs" of lengthy federal court proceedings.