The Court of Criminal Appeals Opinion in Ex Parte Rivera is available in Adobe .pdfo format.
"New penalty trial for man on death row since 1986," is the AP report, via the Houston Chronicle.
An El Paso man convicted and sent to death row for the slayings of two women almost 30 years ago has won a new punishment trial.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Wednesday agreed with a trial judge's findings that Angel Galvan Rivera had poor legal help at his 1986 trial in El Paso.
Rivera's appeals lawyers argued his trial attorneys didn't properly investigate Rivera's background or present evidence that could have convinced jurors to decide on a sentence other than death.
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