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Wednesday, August 18, 1999

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  • Texas Stays Larry Robison’s Execution, But Is Set to Execute Another Prisoner Today

    Just hours before Texas was to put to death a mentally ill man yesterday, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals granted him a stay of execution. Lawyers for Larry Robison, a paranoid schizophrenic man, had argued that he was not mentally competent to be executed, and the courts have asked for an evaluation of his condition. The Court, composed of nine republicans—eight of them former prosecutors—split in a 5-4 decision in favor of staying Robison’s execution.

  • Texas Governor George W. Bush 100th Execution

    Texas may have stayed one execution yesterday, but it is set to carry out another one this evening at 6pm local time–that of Jose Trevino, a 37 year old man from Fort Worth convicted of killing a woman in a robbery-murder. This will be Texas Governor George W. Bush’s 100th execution since he took office in January of 1995. We are joined by Jose Trevino’s lawyer of 16 years, Art Brender.

  • Retailers Agree to Settlement with First Ever Independent Monitoring System of Factory Conditions

    Four retail companies have become the first to settle claims against them in a class action lawsuit that accuses them of using sweatshop labor in garment factories on the Pacific Island of Saipan, located in the US Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

  • Belgrade Prepares for Anti-Milosevic Protest

    In the weeks since NATO’s bombing of Yugoslavia ended, thousands of people across the country have taken to the streets demanding that Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic step down from power. Tomorrow night, those demonstrations will for the first time hit the capital city, Belgrade. In the last few weeks, several prominent government officials have accused the main organizers of these protests–the Alliance for Change–of being a terrorist organization backed by the United States.