Anthony Graves is an innocent man who was exonerated and released on October 27, 2010 after spending 18 years incarcerated for murders that he did not commit. He is still seeking compensation from the State of Texas but so far he has been denied compensation. Last November, Texas Moratorium Network raised and donated more than $3,000 to Anthony to help him after his release (Watch video).
We plan to urge members of the Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee to watch the program on Anthony Graves next Saturday. After they learn more about Anthony's tragic case of wrongful conviction and near execution, perhaps they will be moved enough by Anthony's story to approve HB 1641, a bill that would create a death penalty study commission and enact a moratorium on executions.
Call the members of the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee and urge them to vote in favor of HB 1641, which would enact a moratorium on executions and create a death penalty study commission.
Chair: Pete Gallego (Democrat, District 74 - Alpine)
Vice Chair: Will Hartnett (Republican, District 114 - Dallas)
Jose Aliseda (Republican, District 35 - Beeville)
Cindy Burkett (Republican, District101 – Mesquite)
Stefani Carter (Republican,District 102 – Dallas)
Wayne Christian (Republican,District 9 – Center)
Yvonne Davis (Democrat, District 111 – Dallas)
Eddie Rodriguez (Democrat, District 51 - Austin)
Bill Zedler (Republican,District 96 – Arlington)
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