The average Texas Death Row tenure for Houston Cop killers has risen to 22 years – and counting by Tom Kennedy On average, the eight men on the Texas Death Row for the murder of Houston police officers have experienced more than 22 years of life while waiting for the painstakingly show appellate process to unfold. The timeframe was determined by adding up the years between the death date of the officer and today’s date. Also, this number, compiled by the Badge & Gun with data supplied by Josh Reiss, District Attorney Kim Ogg’s chief of the Post-Conviction Writs Division, shows the vilest of criminals are getting more free appellate time than their share of prompt execution dates. Process Gets Longer We have kept track of this trend since 2007 when the average amount of “bought time” by these inmates was just more than 13 years. By 2013 the number was 17 years. It keeps on getting longer, thereby delaying closure for the families, partners and HPD colleagues of the murder victims. Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg thusly responded: “As the death penalty falls under greater scrutiny nationally, the job of defending such verdicts in capital cases grows harder for prosecutors. Every claim must be reviewed and defended during the appellate and writ process with individual care. “Our administration is dedicated to ensuring a fair process for all parties and to advocating to the very end for the brave officers who died at the hands of proven killers.” By far the granddaddy of this infamous Death Row contingent continues to be Arthur L. Williams, who killed Detective Daryl W. Shirley on April 28, 1982 – 35 years ago! 4/4/2019 The average Texas Death Row tenure for Houston Cop killers has risen to 22 years – and counting –
Cop killers defy death sentences STAYING ALIVE
Appeals process allows inmates to outlive victims by an average of 12 years TOM KENNEDY, Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle Published 5:30 am CDT, Sunday, May 27, 2007
We need to ask ourselves if the good guys are still winning the criminal justice game, especially when cop killers are involved. Arthur L. Williams may yet establish the longevity record. In 1983, Williams received the prospects of a lethal injection for the senseless killing of Officer Daryl.W. Shirley. Williams used a pistol on Shirley while scuffling with the officer as he tried to serve a warrant at Williams' apartment complex on April 28, 1982.
The system has allowed Williams to live at least a quarter of a century longer than Shirley, the divorced father of two sons, both of whom became law enforcement officers. Williams can look forward to many more years. He is in the midst of his second round of state appeals, still an untold number of years away from graduation to the federal appellate level.
Williams' Web site quotes him as saying he is struggling "for justice and freedom in the courts for killing an undercover cop in Houston (a case of self-defense!)."
Williams, Buntion and the eight others actually shouldn't have any complaints as their appeals continue. But the good guys have plenty to squawk about, "technically" speaking.
Besides the sad fact that a police officer died as the result of their actions, one very common thread runs through the cases of each of these 10 death row residents: The facts against them are strong and there are no other possible "suspects at large." Few facts are in dispute in these appeals, only technicalities.
I have decided not to waste my time on commenting on the following article,or this particular writer for the obvious reasons, and I will only say the following maybe reviewing Arthur's video instead of trying to understand the written word, might help.
THE RECIPE FOR PERPETUAL IGNORANCE IS to be satisfied with your opinions and content depending on your knowledge!