Challenging the Law of Parties!

Dear Distinguished Members of the Texas Legislature,


Today we, the undersigned, come to you with an urgent petition. We hope that you hear our cries for this urgent and just matter. Many of you that read this letter are probably already familiar with this issue and we hope that we will be able to motivate you to act. This issue is regarding the Texas Law of Parties Statute, specifically the application of 7.02(b), and how Texas prosecutors, and Courts, are abusing it. We feel that it is time that this law be attacked and challenged on a grand basis.


We have been winning some great victories against the death penalty with DNA issues, mental retardation standards and the juvenile ruling, but who can deny that many issues still remain? We feel that the Law of Parties should be put at the forefront. Why? Because this system claims that the death penalty is reserved for the worst of the worst criminals, and for the most heinous crimes; yet there are men on death row who did not kill a single person and in the majority of these Law of Parties cases did not even intend that a life be taken. We are outraged that no group of politicians has stood up to point this out until now!  Regardless of what Texas, or the higher courts, has said is allowed in Texas, it does not mean the application of the death penalty in these Law of Parties cases is right.  America has had many laws throughout its founding that were not just, but until they were resisted and protested on a large scale they were not repelled.   We are asking that you lend us your voice with regard to this issue, by supporting legislation that will seek to end the death penalty as a sentencing option for Law of Parties cases.


Please do NOT allow Texas to kill more people who are FACTUALLY INNOCENT OF MURDER!


Many people, even beyond the undersigned here, are concerned about this issue and we personally are resolute on our feelings about it. We hope you will share our sentiments as well.


We would like to thank you in advance for your time, attention, and favorable support of legislation that will end the death penalty for Law of Parties cases.



Sincerely,


The undersigned

Dear Distinguished Members of the Texas Legislature,



Today we, the undersigned, come to you with an urgent petition. We hope that you hear our cries for this urgent and just matter. Many of you that read this letter are probably already familiar with this issue and we hope that we will be able to motivate you to act. This issue is regarding the Texas Law of Parties Statute, specifically the application of 7.02(b), and how Texas prosecutors, and Courts, are abusing it. We feel that it is time that this law be attacked and challenged on a grand basis.



We have been winning some great victories against the death penalty with DNA issues, mental retardation standards and the juvenile ruling, but who can deny that many issues still remain? We feel that the Law of Parties should be put at the forefront. Why? Because this system claims that the death penalty is reserved for the worst of the worst criminals, and for the most heinous crimes; yet there are men on death row who did not kill a single person and in the majority of these Law of Parties cases did not even intend that a life be taken. We are outraged that no group of politicians has stood up to point this out until now!  Regardless of what Texas, or the higher courts, has said is allowed in Texas, it does not mean the application of the death penalty in these Law of Parties cases is right.  America has had many laws throughout its founding that were not just, but until they were resisted and protested on a large scale they were not repelled.   We are asking that you lend us your voice with regard to this issue, by voting in favor of legislation that will seek to end the death penalty as a sentencing option for Law of Parties cases.



Please do NOT allow Texas to kill more people who are FACTUALLY INNOCENT OF MURDER!



Many people, even beyond the undersigned here, are concerned about this issue and we personally are resolute on our feelings about it. We hope you will share our sentiments as well.



We would like to thank you in advance for your time, attention, and favorable support on these House Bills.




Sincerely,



The undersigned

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