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NCJ Number: 220737 Find in a Library
Title: Capital Punishment Appellate Guide Book
Corporate Author: Texas Office of the Attorney General
Post Conviction Litigation Division
United States of America
Date Published: 2006
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: Texas Office of the Attorney General
Austin , TX 78711
Sale Source: Texas Office of the Attorney General
Post Conviction Litigation Division
P.O.Box 12548
Austin, TX 78711
United States of America
Document: Agency Summary
Agency Summary: 
Type: Policy/Procedure Handbook/Manual
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This guidebook presents the steps in the appellate process which begins once a defendant is convicted of murder and sentenced to death in the State of Texas.
Abstract: A capital murder prosecution begins when the grand jury hands down an indictment charging a defendant with capital murder. After a defendant is convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death at trial, the appellate process begins. The appellate process is where the defendant is entitled to an automatic appeal to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. At this point, the defendant is called “the appellant,” and the State is called “the appellee.” This explanation of the appellate process in Texas assumes that the conviction and death sentence are affirmed at each stage of the process. If, at any given stage, either the conviction or sentence is reversed, a retrial or resentencing may be required. This guidebook provides the steps of the appellate process in the State of Texas and includes the following: trial and direct appeal, State habeas corpus proceedings, Federal habeas corpus proceedings, executive clemency, execution, and post-execution.
Main Term(s): Appellate courts
Index Term(s): Appeal procedures; Capital punishment; Court procedures; Homicide; Murderers; State courts; Texas
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