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The Contrived Disciplinary Records That Sent Melissa Lucio To Death Row
The Contrived Disciplinary Records That Sent Melissa Lucio To Death Row

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals today stayed the scheduled Wednesday execution of Melissa Lucio, whose death sentence has sparked protests around the world as doubts have grown about her guilt in the 2007 death of her two year-old daughter Mariah.

The appellate court returned the case to the Cameron County, Texas court where Lucio was originally tried, to re-examine questions concerning her innocence -- and whether the state presented false testimony at trial and hid evidence from the defense. The court's ruling came only minutes before the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles was set to vote on a recommendation that the governor delay Lucio's execution for at least 120 days.


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