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Overview

Agency History

George W. Bush Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents of the Records

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Execution case files, 1886, 1903, 1912-1914, 1921, 1939, 1950-2000, bulk 1986-2000,

Death penalty notebooks, 1952, 1966-2000, bulk 1995-2000,

Death penalty protest letters, 1991-1995,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Governor George W. Bush:

An Inventory of Governor George W. Bush General Counsel Execution Files Located at the George W. Bush Presidential Library, 1886, 1892, 1903, 1912-1921, 1925, 1932, 1939-2000, bulk 1986-2000



Overview

Creator: Texas. Governor (1995-2000 : Bush)
Title: Governor George W. Bush General Counsel execution files
Dates: 1886, 1892, 1903, 1912-1921, 1925, 1932, 1939-2000
Dates: bulk 1986-2000
Abstract: These are the execution files of the Office of the General Counsel of Texas Governor George W. Bush created to track the cases of death row inmates and to document actions by the courts, the Board of Pardons and Paroles, and the governor through appeals, requests for stays of execution, or clemency. The files consist of execution summaries by the Governor's General Counsel and summaries by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles (BPP) (or by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for the BPP), memos and correspondence, clemency petitions, affidavits, court documents, notes, records from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice inmate files, Department of Public Safety criminal history records, clippings, case summaries from the South Western Reporter or similar court reports, citations from online legal sources, audio and video tapes, and death penalty protest letters. Dates covered are 1886, 1892, 1903, 1912-1921, 1925, 1932, 1939-2000, with the bulk dating 1986-2000.
Quantity: 68.24 cubic ft.
Location: The records are located at the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas, Texas.
Language: These materials are written predominately in English with scattered Spanish and other foreign languages throughout.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

The governor of Texas is the chief executive officer of the state, elected by the citizens every four years. The duties and responsibilities of the governor include serving as commander-in-chief of the state's military forces; convening special sessions of the legislature for specific purposes; delivering to the legislature at the beginning of each regular session a report on the condition of the state, an accounting of all public money under the governor's control, a recommended biennial budget, an estimate of the amounts of money required to be raised by taxation, and any recommendations he deems necessary; signing or vetoing bills passed by the legislature; and executing the laws of the state. The governor can grant reprieves and commutations of punishment and pardons, upon the recommendation of the Board of Pardons and Paroles, and revoke conditional pardons. He appoints numerous state officials (with the consent of the Senate), fills vacancies in state and district offices (except vacancies in the legislature), calls special elections to fill vacancies in the legislature, fills vacancies in the United States Senate until an election can be held, and serves as ex officio member of several state boards.

The office of governor was first established by the Constitution of 1845 and superseded the office of president of the Republic of Texas. The position now exists under authority of Article IV, Section 1 of the Constitution of 1876 and Texas Government Code, Chapter 401. To be elected governor, a person must be at least thirty years old, a United States citizen, and a resident of Texas for at least five years preceding the election. In 1972, the term of office was extended from two to four years, effective in 1975. Since 1856 the governor has had the use of the Governor's Mansion.

In 1999 there were 198 full time equivalent employees in the Office of the Governor. Thirteen divisions outside of the Executive Office assist the governor in carrying out his functions: Administration, Appointments, Budget & Planning, Communications, General Counsel, Legislative, Policy, Scheduling, Criminal Justice Division, Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities, Office of Film, Music, Television and Multimedia Industries, Women's Commission, and Texas Council on Workforce and Economic Competitiveness.

The General Counsel position within the Texas Office of the Governor was created in October 1973 when the Executive Director of the Governor's Criminal Justice Division appointed an individual as General Counsel, to assist him in providing statute interpretations and in other matters relating to policies and procedures. Today the Office of the General Counsel is a separate division in the Governor's Office. During the Bush Administration, Alberto Gonzales served as General Counsel, succeeded in 1998 by Margaret Wilson.

Duties of the General Counsel include providing statute interpretations; tracking inmates on death row as their cases move through the judicial process including all appeals to the governor for commutations or stays of execution; handling pardon requests sent to the governor; reviewing proposed settlements, land patents, grant requests, contracts, easements, and deeds for the governor; analyzing proposed legislation and regulations for validity and legal effect; assisting appointments staff in determining eligibility and other legal issues related to proposed appointments; handling extradition and requisition matters; coordinating ethics guidelines and training for the governor's office; advising the governor on federal programs administered by the state; coordinating the governor's criminal justice policy with the governor's Policy Director; and providing legal advice and handling litigation filed against the governor or the Governor's Office, in conjunction with actions of the Attorney General on the governor's behalf.

(Sources include: Guide to Texas State Agencies, 9th and 10th eds., (1996 and 1999); the contents of the records; and versions of the Governor's Office web site during Governor Bush's term available on the Internet Archive at http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.governor.state.tx.us, accessed on March 3, 2009.)

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George W. Bush Biographical Sketch

George W. Bush served as governor of Texas from January 17, 1995 to December 21, 2000, resigning as governor in the middle of his second term to become president of the United States.

He challenged the incumbent governor, Democrat Ann Richards, running on promises to improve public education and to reform the juvenile justice system, welfare, and the state's tort laws -- the system under which an injured person may sue for damages. During the 74th Legislature in 1995, he worked with the Democrats who controlled both houses of the Texas legislature and managed to get bills passed that dealt with the four issues he had emphasized in his campaign. Bush was seen as pro-business and a consensus-builder.

Bush advocated and signed the two largest tax cuts to date in Texas history, totaling over $3 billion. To pay for the cuts, he sought (unsuccessfully) federal approval of a plan to privatize Texas' social services. Education reform was a priority throughout his terms, with legislation emphasizing local control of schools, higher standards, and a revised curriculum. Controversy has followed, with charter schools mired in financial scandals and protests against one test determining a child's promotion. After winning reelection in 1998, Bush began his bid for the presidency and was not as involved in the 76th Legislature in 1999.

George W. Bush was born July 6, 1946 in New Haven, Connecticut and grew up in Midland and Houston, Texas. He graduated from Andover Academy, and received a bachelor's degree from Yale University and a master's from Harvard Business School. He served as a pilot in the Texas Air National Guard. In 1978, Bush was defeated in a run for the U.S. Congress in West Texas. He was involved in energy exploration from the 1970s into the 1980s. From 1989 until his election as governor, Bush worked with the Texas Rangers baseball organization, leading a group of partners in purchasing the team, and then serving as managing general partner. He married Laura Welch in 1977; they have two daughters.

(Sources include: Versions of the Governor's Office web site during Governor Bush's term available on the Internet Archive at http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.governor.state.tx.us, accessed on March 3, 2009.)

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Scope and Contents of the Records

These are the files of the Office of the General Counsel of Texas Governor George Bush that were created to track the cases of death row inmates and document intervention by the courts, the Board of Pardons and Paroles, and the governor through appeals, requests for stays of execution, or clemency. The files consist of execution summaries by the Governor's General Counsel and summaries by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles (BPP) (or by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for the BPP); memos and correspondence; clemency petitions; affidavits; court documents (judgements, opinions, appeals, motions, orders, etc.); notes; records from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice inmate files, including medical or psychological summaries or reports, disciplinary reports, social histories, and other internal reports about specific inmates, police reports, investigative reports of detectives, crime lab reports, fingerprint records, and occasionally, crime scene and/or autopsy photos; Department of Public Safety criminal history records; clippings; case summaries from the South Western Reporter or similar court reports; citations from online legal sources; audio and video tapes; and death penalty protest letters. Dates covered are 1886, 1892, 1903, 1912-1921, 1925, 1932, 1939-2000, with the bulk dating 1986-2000. The Execution case files document each inmate's case, with all of the aforementioned documents.

Closely related to the inmate's execution case files are a set of death penalty notebooks, which seemed to serve as a reading file on each inmate scheduled for execution, containing copies of the execution summaries by the governor's general counsel, clippings, and copies of the clemency petitions. The notebooks also contain several sections of subject clippings files. There is no documentation showing who prepared or used the binders.

Also present is a large group of death penalty protest letters consisting largely of incoming letters and postcards written to Governor Ann Richards (Bush's predecessor), generally protesting the scheduled execution of specific inmates on death row. Very few outgoing letters are present. The letters to Richards were maintained in the General Counsel's Office after she left the governor's office because the inmates had not yet been executed. Letters written to protest executions during Bush's term are largely filed in the General correspondence series, with a small amount present in the Execution case files. Additional letters are in the Correspondence/Constituent Services Office bulk mail not logged, Capital punishment correspondence series.

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Organization

These records are organized into three series.
Execution case files, 1886, 1903, 1912-1914, 1921, 1939, 1950-2000, bulk 1986-2000, 39.24 cubic ft.
Death penalty notebooks, 1952, 1966-2000, 5.76 cubic ft.
Death penalty protest letters, 1991-1995, 23.24 cubic ft.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to: social security numbers; common law privacy (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.101); names of recipients of social services (V.T.C.A., Human Resources Code, Title 2, Section 12.003 and/or V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.101); email addresses (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.137); driver's license numbers (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.130); names of juvenile offenders (Texas Family Code, Section 58.005 and/or V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.101); names of victims of sexual assaults (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.101); criminal histories prepared by the Department of Public Safety, information about inmates incarcerated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice received from the Board of Pardons and Paroles, and information created by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.101 (information confidential by law, Texas Government Code, Section 508.313)); grand jury records (V.T.C.A., Code of Criminal Procedure, Article 20.02); juror information (V.T.C.A., Code of Criminal Procedure, Article 35.29), crime victim impact statement (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.1325); autopsy photographs (V.T.C.A., Code of Criminal Procedures, Article 49.25 [989a]); agency memoranda (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.111); or attorney client privilege (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.107), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Chapter 552). The researcher may request an interview with an archivist or submit a request by mail (Texas State Library and Archives Commission, P. O. Box 12927, Austin, TX 78711), fax (512-463-5436), email (Dir_Lib@tsl.state.tx.us), or see our web page (https://www.tsl.state.tx.us/requestgovernorbushrecords.html). Include enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information requested. (Note: The Governor's Office has requested that the State Archives contact the Public Information Coordinator for the Governor's Office when we receive a Public Information Act request for these records.) If our review reveals information that may be excepted by the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an open records decision from the Attorney General on whether the records can be released. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten working days after receiving a request to make this determination. The Attorney General has 45 working days to render a decision. Alternately, the Archives can inform you of the nature of the potentially excepted information and if you agree, that information can be redacted or removed and you can access the remainder of the records.

Restrictions on Use

Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Technical Requirements

Researchers are required to wear gloves provided by the Archives when reviewing photographic materials.

Researchers wishing to view videotapes or listen to audiotapes must contact Archives staff to obtain the necessary equipment.

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Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Personal Names:
Gonzales, Alberto R.
Wilson, Margaret A.
Corporate Names:
Texas. Office of the Governor. Office of the General Counsel.
Texas. Board of Pardons and Paroles.
Texas. Dept. of Public Safety.
Texas. Dept. of Criminal Justice.
Subjects:
Executions and executioners--Texas.
Capital punishment--Texas.
Criminal justice, Administration of--Texas.
Document Types:
Correspondence--Texas--Capital punishment--1986-2000.
Petitions--Texas--Capital punishment--1986-2000.
Legal documents--Texas--Capital punishment--1995-2000.
Memorandums--Texas--Capital punishment--1995-2000.
Clippings (information artifacts)--Texas--Capital punishment--1980-2000.
Judicial records--Texas--Capital punishment--1970-2000.
Notes--Texas--Capital punishment--1986-2000.
Reports--Texas--Capital punishment--1986-2000.
Audiotapes--Texas--Capital punishment--1986-2000.
Videotapes--Texas--Capital punishment--1986-2000.
Functions:
Advising Texas governors.
Decision making.

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Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
Texas, Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division, Records, 1973-1990, bulk 1987-1990, 28 cubic ft. (see the series General Counsel Executive Clemency files, Execution case files, 1978-1990, 1.5 cubic ft.)
Texas Governor Mark White, Records, 1947, 1962-1987, undated, bulk 1983-1986, 424.75 cubic ft. (see the series General Counsel files, 1947, 1962-1986, 4.3 cubic ft.)
Texas, Office of the Governor, Office of the General Counsel, Execution case files, 1940s-1990s, 3 cubic ft. [There is no finding aid for this unprocessed collection and the records are restricted. Call numbers are 2002/213-1 thru 3. The records will need to be reviewed by an archivist before they can be used. Ask the reference staff for further information.]
Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, Execution case files, 1954-1964, 4.5 cubic ft. [Restricted]
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Records (see the series Execution Case files, 1974-2010, 1,141.75 cubic ft.)
Texas Governor George W. Bush Correspondence/Constituent Services Office bulk mail not logged, 1994-2000, undated, 26.8 cubic ft. (especially the series Capital punishment correspondence)
Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin
Ann W. Richards Papers, 1933-2000, about 1500 cubic ft. (specifically the General Counsel files)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Texas Governor George W. Bush General Counsel execution files. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 2002/151

In December 2000, Governor George W. Bush designated the George Bush Presidential Library as the repository for the records from his tenure as Governor of Texas, under authority of Texas Government Code, Section 441.201. Shortly after he left office, the records were shipped to the Bush Library in College Station, Texas. Texas Attorney General John Cornyn ruled the records are state records subject to the Texas Public Information Act and the management of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission even after transfer to a federal facility (Opinion No. JC-0498, May 3, 2002). In July 2002 the records were transferred from the Bush Library to the Texas State Archives in Austin for preparation for research use. In June 2003, a memorandum of understanding signed by representatives of the National Archives and Records Administration, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, and George W. Bush replaced a January 2002 interim memorandum of understanding. The records were moved to the George W. Bush Presidential Library in February 2013.

Processed by

Laura K. Saegert, December 2003; January 2004

Corrections and edits for DACS compliance by Tonia J. Wood, January 2012

Finding aid updated by Tonia J. Wood, April 2013

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Execution case files, 1886, 1903, 1912-1914, 1921, 1939, 1950-2000, bulk 1986-2000,
39.24 cubic ft.

These are the execution case files of the Office of the General Counsel of Texas Governor George W. Bush created to track the cases of death row inmates and to document actions by the courts and the governor through appeals, requests for stays of execution, or clemency. The files consist of execution summaries by the Governor's General Counsel and summaries by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles (BPP) (or by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for the BPP); memos and correspondence; clemency petitions; affidavits; court documents (judgements, opinions, appeals, motions, orders, etc.); notes; records from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice inmate files, including medical or psychological summaries or reports, disciplinary reports, social histories, and other internal reports about specific inmates, police reports, investigative reports of detectives, crime lab reports, fingerprint records, and occasionally, crime scene and/or autopsy photos; Department of Public Safety criminal history records; clippings; case summaries from the South Western Reporter or similar court reports; citations from online legal sources; and audio and video tapes. Dates covered for the execution case files are 1886, 1903, 1912-1914, 1921, 1939, 1950-2000, the bulk dating 1986-2000.
Files are present for most of the inmates executed during Bush's term. Correspondents include staff of the General Counsel's Office, the Governor, the Board of Pardons and Paroles, the Department of Criminal Justice, the Attorney General's Office, appeals courts, district attorneys, local law enforcement officials, inmates or their attorneys, and family and friends of victims and of the inmates. The letters are generally addressed to either the Governor or his General Counsel; some letters are copies of items addressed to and forwarded by the Board of Pardons and Paroles to the Governor for his review. While many of the letters are directed to the Governor, they are stamped as received at the General Counsel's office and there is no indication that the Governor reviewed them. What the Governor did review are the execution summaries prepared by the General Counsel. Most of these have a place for the governor to check 'deny' or 'grant' and for him to sign. Some of these are originals, most are copies. Execution summaries prepared by the General Counsel are not present in all inmate execution case files. They are present in the Legal opinions and advice (LOA) series and in the Death penalty notebooks series of the General Counsel's Office. And, the majority of the execution summaries in the LOA records have the original signature of the governor.
Execution case summaries prepared by the Board of Pardons and Paroles (BPP) or for the BPP by the Department of Criminal Justice are confidential by statute, and there is no indication (such as signature sheets or notes) that the Governor reviewed these. There is a difference between the execution summaries prepared by the governor's general counsel and those done by or for the BPP. The summaries by the BPP contain more information about the crime, the criminal history, and the defendant's prison record than do those prepared by the governor's general counsel. Additionally, execution summaries prepared by TDCJ or BPP often contain attachments, including correspondence between the BPP and inmates or with victims and inmates families, correspondence or memoranda to the BPP from its legal counsel, recommendations from trial officials, medical and psychological reports, and criminal histories. The summaries and attachments are confidential. The BPP correspondence, TDCJ records, law enforcement reports, medical or psychological reports, and court records were generally sent over to the governor's office as part of a review packet, though not often identified as part of the BPP's execution summary. Regardless of whether they were part of the execution summary or part of a separate review packet from the BPP, these materials are confidential.
Affidavits, court records, and other materials were often included as exhibits or attachments to clemency petitions sent to governor by the inmate and/or his/her attorney. Most materials included as attachments to the clemency petition to the governor are open. If the petition was sent to the BPP and not directly to the Governor's Office, it is confidential. Clemency petitions are not present for all inmates; not all death row inmates submitted a petition. In a very few cases petitions missing from the execution case files can be found in the series, Death penalty notebooks.
Although the inmates were executed, some materials are still confidential - medical/psychological reports; any reports or documents produced by TDCJ, such as disciplinary reports on the inmates, social histories, etc.; most files gathered or created by the Board of Pardons and Paroles for its review and most correspondence with the BPP; etc. See the Restrictions statement for further information about confidential records.
Confidential information in the execution case files is not limited to the notations in the folder listing. The notations present were added because the confidential nature of the information is not obvious.
This series was removed from this finding aid and is split into two separate finding aids due to the electronic file size limitations imposed by the online finding aid web site (TARO). If you are reading this electronically, click on the following link to access the finding aid for the case files - Texas Governor George W. Bush General Counsel execution case files. If you are reading this in paper, the series finding aid is in a separate divider within the binder.
Arrangement
These records are arranged alphabetically by name of the inmate. They are further ordered by type of document. Very little rearrangement was done to the records within file folders and wallets.
Restrictions on Access
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to: social security numbers; common law privacy (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.101); names of recipients of social services (V.T.C.A., Human Resources Code, Title 2, Section 12.003 and/or V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.101); email addresses (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.137); driver's license numbers (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.130); names of juvenile offenders (Texas Family Code, Section 58.005 and/or V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.101); names of victims of sexual assaults (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.101); criminal histories prepared by the Department of Public Safety, information about inmates incarcerated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice received from the Board of Pardons and Paroles, and information created by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.101 (information confidential by law, Texas Government Code, Section 508.313)); grand jury records (V.T.C.A., Code of Criminal Procedure, Article 20.02); juror information (V.T.C.A., Code of Criminal Procedure, Article 35.29), crime victim impact statement (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.1325); autopsy photographs (V.T.C.A., Code of Criminal Procedures, Article 49.25 [989a]); agency memoranda (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.111); or attorney client privilege (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.107), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Chapter 552). The researcher may request an interview with an archivist or submit a request by mail (Texas State Library and Archives Commission, P. O. Box 12927, Austin, TX 78711), fax (512-463-5436), email (Dir_Lib@tsl.state.tx.us), or see our web page (https://www.tsl.state.tx.us/requestgovernorbushrecords.html). Include enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information requested. (Note: The Governor's Office has requested that the State Archives contact the Public Information Coordinator for the Governor's Office when we receive a Public Information Act request for these records.) If our review reveals information that may be excepted by the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an open records decision from the Attorney General on whether the records can be released. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten working days after receiving a request to make this determination. The Attorney General has 45 working days to render a decision. Alternately, the Archives can inform you of the nature of the potentially excepted information and if you agree, that information can be redacted or removed and you can access the remainder of the records.
Restrictions on Use
Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).
Technical Requirements
None.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Execution case files, Texas Governor George W. Bush General Counsel execution files. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Processed by
Laura K. Saegert, December 2003

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Death penalty notebooks, 1952, 1966-2000, bulk 1995-2000,
5.76 cubic ft.

The General Counsel to the Texas Governor is responsible for tracking inmates on death row as their cases move through the judicial process, including all appeals to the governor for commutations or stays of execution. The death penalty notebooks seem to have served as a reading file on inmates scheduled for execution and consist of two notebooks of subject clipping files and fourteen notebooks of execution files (execution summaries, clippings, clemency petitions), with a separate section for each inmate executed during Texas Governor George W. Bush's terms in office. Dates covered are 1952, 1966-2000, the bulk dating 1995-2000.
Subjects found in the clipping files include the appeals system, bias, instructions to jurors, lawyers, juveniles, the mentally incompetent, DNA, executing the innocent, a moratorium on executions, opposition to executions, court rulings, and legislation. There is also a packet with answers to frequently asked questions about the death penalty.
Each inmate's section generally includes a copy of the execution summary prepared by the governor's general counsel for the governor's review, consisting of a summary of the facts, background and personal history, criminal history, a summary of court proceedings, a brief discussion or mention of applicable law, legal claims, clemency request, and a conclusion. The inmate's sections also contain clippings or articles from newspapers, usually dated just prior to or shortly after the execution. In a few cases, articles are present about the case dating months or years before or after the execution. Starting late in 1995 a signature page was added to the execution summary containing a place for the governor to note if he granted or denied the clemency request. While many summaries include this page, it is generally does not indicate the governor's decision, seemingly being a blank form placed in the notebook prior to the governor's review. There is one original execution summary here, in the file for Tony Chambers. The majority of the original execution summaries are in the series Legal opinions and advice, with a few originals (though mostly copies) in the series Execution case files. A few inmates do not have execution summaries filed in the notebooks, but the summaries may be found in the aforementioned series.
The last item present in most of the inmates' sections is a copy of the clemency petition sent to the governor and/or the Board of Pardons and Paroles by the inmate or his attorneys. The petitions contain a summary of the case, usually some background information and personal history of the inmate, and the reasons for the clemency request. Most of these petitions are accompanied by attachments (exhibits or appendices), including letters to the governor and/or BPP, letters in support of clemency, psychological or psychiatric evaluations, and, occasionally, trial transcripts, parole records or school records. In a few instances, the clemency petition will be a signed copy instead of a photocopy. Petitions are not present for all inmates. Additional copies of the petition, often with more material, can be found in the series Execution case files. If the clemency petition was sent directly to the Board of Pardons and Pardons and then forwarded to the governor, it is confidential; if it was sent directly to the governor by the inmate or his attorney, it is open, though some of the attachments may be confidential. Many of the materials filed with the clemency petition are confidential, such as psychiatric and psychological evaluations, medical records, law enforcement investigation files, TDCJ records, autopsies, and grand jury records. See the Restrictions statement for further information about confidential records.
Arrangement
The clippings subject files are filed first, ordered by subjects according to the binders' table of contents. The files from the execution notebooks are arranged chronologically by the date of the inmate's scheduled execution. Within the inmate's files the execution summaries are filed first, followed by clippings and the clemency petition.
All of the materials were removed from the notebooks and placed in folders but left in their original order. An index to each set of notebooks (subject files, execution files) is present at the beginning of the sets.
Restrictions on Access
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to: social security numbers; common law privacy (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.101); names of recipients of social services (V.T.C.A., Human Resources Code, Title 2, Section 12.003 and/or V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.101); email addresses (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.137); driver's license numbers (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.130); names of juvenile offenders (Texas Family Code, Section 58.005 and/or V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.101); names of victims of sexual assaults (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.101); criminal histories prepared by the Department of Public Safety, information about inmates incarcerated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice received from the Board of Pardons and Paroles, and information created by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.101 (information confidential by law, Texas Government Code, Section 508.313)); grand jury records (V.T.C.A., Code of Criminal Procedure, Article 20.02); juror information (V.T.C.A., Code of Criminal Procedure, Article 35.29), crime victim impact statement (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.1325); autopsy photographs (V.T.C.A., Code of Criminal Procedures, Article 49.25 [989a]); agency memoranda (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.111); or attorney client privilege (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.107), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Chapter 552). The researcher may request an interview with an archivist or submit a request by mail (Texas State Library and Archives Commission, P. O. Box 12927, Austin, TX 78711), fax (512-463-5436), email (Dir_Lib@tsl.state.tx.us), or see our web page (https://www.tsl.state.tx.us/requestgovernorbushrecords.html). Include enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information requested. (Note: The Governor's Office has requested that the State Archives contact the Public Information Coordinator for the Governor's Office when we receive a Public Information Act request for these records.) If our review reveals information that may be excepted by the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an open records decision from the Attorney General on whether the records can be released. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten working days after receiving a request to make this determination. The Attorney General has 45 working days to render a decision. Alternately, the Archives can inform you of the nature of the potentially excepted information and if you agree, that information can be redacted or removed and you can access the remainder of the records.
Restrictions on Use
Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Death penalty notebooks, Texas Governor George W. Bush General Counsel execution files. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Processed by
Laura K. Saegert, January 2004
Box
2002/151-74 Death penalty notebooks, subject clippings:
FAQ's (frequently asked questions) about the death penalty, table of contents, ca. 1995
General:
1995-2000
[3 folders]
Editorials, 1995-2000
[2 folders]
Dudley Sharp, 2000
System studies - Columbia University Study, 2000
Appeals system, 1997-2000
Application - Bias, 1995-2000
[2 folders]
Application - Instruction to jurors, 1997, 1999
[2 folders]
Lawyers, 1999-2000
[2 folders]
Juveniles, 1999
Mentally incompetent, 1995, 1999-2000
Innocence - Executing the innocent, 1997-2000
Innocence - Moratorium, 2000
DNA, 1999-2000
[2 folders]
Focus on Texas - State system, 1995-2000
[2 folders]
Focus on Texas - Governor Bush, 1999-2000
[2 folders]
Opposition, 1997-2000
Court rulings, 1996-2000
Legislation - System improvements, 1995, 2000
Legislation - Clemency policies, 1992-1999
National Review, Vol. LII, No. 11, June 2000
[Contains possibly excepted information: home address of state employee on cover]
Death penalty notebooks, execution files:
[The date given is the scheduled execution date. Some files contain materials in the years prior to or after this date, in those cases, dates of the materials are noted. Some of the files also have numbers, which are the inmates' TDCJ number.]
Box
2002/151-74 Table of contents of notebooks
Russell, Charles Clifton, Jr., January 31, 1995
Williams, Willie Ray, January 31, 1995
Motley, Jeffrey Dean, February 7, 1995
Gardner, Billy Conn, February 16, 1995
Hawkins, Samuel, February 21, 1995 (1994-1995)
Mays, Noble D., Jr., April 6, 1995
Mann, Fletcher Thomas, # 705, June 1, 1995:
Execution summary, clippings, 1995
Clemency petition to BPP with attachments (affidavits, psychological evaluation, clippings, letters of inmate to family and friends, court records), 1988-1995
[3 folders]
[Folder two contains possibly excepted information: psychological evaluation]
Allridge, Ronald Keith, June 8, 1995
Fearance, John, Jr., # 626, June 20, 1995
Hammond, Karl, June 21, 1995:
Execution summary, clippings, 1995
Clemency petition to governor and BPP with attachments (county parole records, county MHMR records, school records, correspondence), 1975, 1981-1995
[3 folders]
[Folder one contains possibly excepted information: common law privacy. ]
[Folder two contains possibly excepted information: county parole and MHMR records]
Satterwhite, Vernon Lamar, August 15, 1995:
Execution summary, clippings, 1995
Clemency petition to BPP with attachments (court records, correspondence, psychiatric evaluation), 1986, 1993-1995
[2 folders]
[Folder two contains possibly excepted information: psychiatric evaluation]
Johnson, Carl, Jr., September 19, 1995 (1994-1996)
Lane, Harold, October 4, 1995
[No execution summary is present.]
Amos, Bernard, December 6, 1995:
Clippings, 1995
[No execution summary is present.]
Clemency petition to BPP with attachments (correspondence, psychological evaluations), 1992-1995
[2 folders]
[Folder two contains possibly excepted information: psychological evaluations]
Vuong, Hai Hai, December 7, 1995:
Execution summary, clippings, 1995
Clemency petition to BPP with attachments (court records and transcripts), 1987-1988, 1995
[2 folders]
Banda, Esequel, # 863, December 11, 1995
Briddle, James Michael, December 12, 1995
Jenkins, Leo, February 9, 1996 (1996-1997)
[No execution summary is present.]
Granviel, Kenneth, February 26, 1996
Gonzales, Joe Fedelfido, # 999177, September 18, 1996
Brimage, Richard Lewis, Jr., February 10, 1997
Barefield, John Kennedy, #844, March 12, 1997
Herman, David Lee, #999003, April 12, 1997:
Execution summary, clippings, 1997
Clemency petition to BPP with attachments (court records), 1990, 1996-1997
Spence, David Wayne, April 3, 1997:
Execution summary, 1997
[Contains possibly excepted information: common law privacy]
Clippings, 1997-1998
Clippings, 1997-1998, 2000
Clemency petition to governor and BPP with attachments (dental forensic study, affidavits, court records, out-of-state commutations of sentences, clipping, correspondence), 1991-1997
[5 folders]
Box
2002/151-75 Woods, Billy Joe, #552, April 4, 1997
Gentry, Kenneth Edward, #760, April 16, 1997
Boyle, Benjamin Herbert, April 21, 1997
Baldree, Earnest, April 29, 1997
Washington, Terry David, May 6, 1997:
Execution summary and clippings, 1997
[Contains possibly excepted information: common law privacy]
Clemency petition to governor and BPP, 1997
Clemency petition attachments - transcript of federal evidentiary hearing, 1995
[11 folders]
[Folders 6 and 7 contain possibly excepted information: common law privacy]
Clemency petition attachments - exhibits (court records, reports, psychiatric and psychological evaluations, FBI records (redacted)), 1987-1995
[6 folders]
[Folders 1 and 2 contain possibly excepted information: psychological and psychiatric evaluations. ]
[Folder 5 contains possible excepted information: law enforcement (FBI) investigation files]
Westley, Anthony Ray, #797, May 13, 1997:
Execution summary and clippings, 1994, 1997
Clemency petition to BPP with attachments (court records), 1997
[5 folders]
Belyeu, Clifton Eugene, May 16, 1997:
Execution summary and clippings, 1997
Clemency petition to BPP with attachments (partial trial transcript), 1996
[Contains possibly excepted information: common law privacy]
Drinkard, Richard Gerry, May 19, 1997
Lackey, Clarence Allen, May 20, 1997:
Execution summaries and clippings, 1995, 1997
[Contains possibly excepted information: common law privacy]
Clemency petition to governor and BPP with attachments (court records, correspondence, affidavits), 1977, 1983, 1993-1997
[3 folders]
[Folder 3 contains possibly excepted information: common law privacy]
Callins, Bruce Edwin, May 21, 1997 (1994, 1997)
White, Larry Wayne, #640, May 22, 1997:
Execution summary and clippings, 1996-1997
Clemency petition to governor and BPP with attachments (correspondence, military discharge), 1974, 1997
Madden, Robert, May 28, 1997:
Execution summary and clippings, 1991, 1997
Clemency petition to governor and BPP with attachments (affidavits, court records, psychiatric evaluation, transcript of television interview), 1986, 1992-1997
[3 folders]
[Folder 2 contains possibly excepted information: psychiatric evaluation]
Robers, Patrick Fitzgerald, #816, June 2, 1997:
Execution summary and clippings, 1997-1998
Clemency petition to BPP with attachments (writings by inmate, affidavits, psychological evaluation, court records), 1990, 1996-1997
[5 folders]
[Folder 4 contains possibly excepted information: psychological evaluation]
Harris, Kenneth Bernard, #901, June 3, 1997:
Execution summary, clippings, 1997
Clemency petition to governor and BPP with attachments (court records), 1987-1988, 1995-1997
[Contains possibly excepted information: juror questions]
Johnson Bey, Dorsie, June 4, 1997:
Clippings, 1997
[There was not an execution summary]
Clemency petition to governor and BPP with attachments (court records, earlier petition), 1979, 1986, 1996-1997
[2 folders]
Losada, Davis, June 4, 1997
Behringer, Earl Russell, June 11, 1997 (1996-1997)
Stoker, David Wayne, #892, June 16, 1997:
Execution summary and clippings, 1997
Clemency petition to governor and BPP with attachments (affidavits, court records, court transcripts, psychological evaluation), 1991, 1997
[4 folders]
[Folders 1 and 3 contain possibly excepted information: common law privacy]
[Folder 3 contains possibly excepted information: psychological evaluation]
Johnson, Eddie James, #898, June 17, 1997 (1987-1988, 1997)
Montoya, Irineo Tristan, #847, June 18, 1997:
Execution summary, clippings, 1997
[Folder contain possibly excepted information: common law privacy, name of rape victim]
Clemency petition to governor and BPP with attachments (court records, correspondence - some with U.S. and Mexican officials, trial transcripts, affidavits, reports, juror voir dire examination, voluntary statements to crime), 1985-1986, 1992-1997
[folders 1-8 of 13]
Box
2002/151-76 Clemency petition to governor..., continued,
[folders 9-13 of 13]
[Folder 13 contains possibly excepted information: juror voir dire exam questions]
West, Robert Wallace, Jr., # 731, July 29, 1997:
Execution summary, clippings, 1997
Clemency petition to governor and BPP with attachments (writings by inmate, court records), 1982-1983, 1993, 1997
Davis, James Carl Lee, September 9, 1997
Turner, Jessel, # 895, September 22, 1997
Stone, Benjamin Curtis, September 25, 1997
Cockrum, John, September 30, 1997
Adanandus, Dwight Dwayne, October 1, 1997
[There is no execution summary]
Green, Ricky Lee, October 8, 1997:
Execution summary, clippings, 1997, 2000
Clemency petition to governor and BPP with attachments (letters in support, court records), 1989-1990, 1997
[Contains possibly excepted information: email address, common law privacy]
Ransom, Kenneth Ray, # 772, October 28, 1997:
Execution summary, clippings, 1997
Clemency petition to governor and BPP with attachments (court records, affidavits, victim impact statement), 1983-1984, 1997
[2 folders]
[Folder 2 contains possibly excepted information: victim impact statement]
Lauti, Aua, # 843, November 4, 1997:
Execution summary, clippings, 1997
Clemency petition to BPP with attachments (correspondence, court records), 1986, 1995-1997
[2 folders]
Fuller, Aaron Lee, November 6, 1997
Sharp, Michael Eugene, November 19, 1997
Livingston, Charlie, # 802, November 21, 1997
Lockhart, Michael Lee, # 917, December 9, 1997 (1989, 1997, 2000)
Tucker, Karla Faye, February 3, 1998:
Execution summary, clippings, 1997-1998, 2000
[2 folders]
[Contains possibly excepted information: common law privacy]
Clemency petition to governor and BPP with attachments (affidavits, court records, correspondence, clippings, prison record, psychiatric evaluation), 1988-1998
[5 folders]
[Folder 4 contains possibly excepted information: psychiatric evaluation, TDCJ prison record]
Renfro, Steven Ceon, # 999229, February 9, 1998
Hogue, Jerry Lee, March 11, 1998 (1998, 2000)
[Contains possibly excepted information: common law privacy, name of rape victim]
Cannon, Joseph John, # 634, April 22, 1998:
Execution summary, clippings, 1998
Clemency petition to governor and BPP with attachments (psychiatric and psychological evaluations, medical records, articles, laws), 1970-1998
[5 folders]
[Folder 1 contains possibly excepted information: common law privacy]
[Folders 2 and 3 contain possibly excepted information: psychiatric and psychological evaluations, medical records]
Gosch, Lesley Lee, April 24, 1998:
Execution summary, clippings, 1998
Clemency petition to governor and BPP with attachments (letter in support, court records, affidavits, artwork), 1985-1986, 1997-1998
[4 folders]
McFarland, Frank Basil, # 963, April 29, 1998 (1994, 1998)
Carter, Robert Anthony, May 18, 1998:
Execution summary, clippings, 1998
[Contains possibly excepted information: common law privacy]
Clemency petition to BPP with attachments (court records, letters to BPP from inmate, psychiatric evaluation, affidavits), 1981-1982, 1988, 1998
[5 folders]
[Folders 2 and 3 contain possibly excepted information: psychological evaluation]
Cruz, Pedro, May 19, 1998
Bogess, Clifford Holt, # 887, June 11, 1998:
Execution summary, 1998
Clippings, 1998-1998
[2 folders]
Clemency petition to BPP with attachments (letter from juror, statement of inmate), 1995-1998
Pyles, Johnny Dean, # 724, June 15, 1998:
Execution summary, clippings, 1998
Clemency petition to governor and BPP with attachments (court records), 1982, 1998
Navariz, Leopoldo, Jr., June 26, 1998
Camacho, Genaro Ruiz, August 26, 1998 (1998-1999)
Teague, Delbert Boyd, Jr., # 849, September 9, 1998
[Contains possibly excepted information: common law privacy]
Castillo, David, September 23, 1998
Cruz, Javier, # 999061, October 1, 1998:
Execution summary, clippings, 1998
Clemency petition to governor and BPP with attachments (psychiatric evaluations, letters of support, articles), 1998
[2 folders]
[Folder 1 contains possibly excepted information: psychiatric evaluations]
Nobles, Jonathan Wayne, October 7, 1998:
Execution summary, clippings, 1998-1999
Clemency petition to governor and BPP with attachments (letters of support), 1993-1994, 1998
[2 folders]
[Folder 1 contains possibly excepted information: common law privacy]
McDuff, Kenneth Allen, # 999095, November 17, 1998 (1994, 1998-1999)
Corwin, Daniel Lee, December 7, 1998
Emery, Jeff, # 830, December 8, 1998
Meanes, James Ronald, # 689, December 15, 1998 (1995, 1998)
Moody, John Glenn, January 5, 1999:
Execution summary, clippings, 1999
[Contains possibly excepted information: common law privacy]
Clemency petition to governor and BPP with attachments (medical records, correspondence with psychiatric consultant and letters about competency of consultant, report of ethics complaints, court transcripts of psychiatric consultant in other cases), 1975-1999
[10 folders]
[Folder 1 contains possibly excepted information: common law privacy]
[Folder 2 contains possibly excepted information: medical records]
Farris, Troy Dale, # 831, January 13, 1999:
Execution summary, clippings, 1999
Clemency petition to governor and BPP with attachments (court records, voluntary statement, letters of support), 1984-1986, 1998-1999
[2 folders]
Vega, Martin Sauceda, January 26, 1999
Cordova, George, # 706, February 10, 1999
[Contains possibly excepted information: common law privacy, name of rape victim]
Box
2002/151-77 Barber, Danny Lee, # 673, February 11, 1999:
Execution summary, clippings, 1998-1999
Clemency petition to BPP with attachments (letters of support, court records, affidavits, psychological evaluation, letter from inmate), 1979-1980, 1991, 1999
[3 folders]
[Folders 1 and 3 contain possibly excepted information: common law privacy]
[Folder 2 contains possibly excepted information: psychological evaluation]
Cantu, Andrew, # 000999, February 16, 1999
Green, Norman Evans, # 805, February 24, 1999:
Execution summary, clippings, 1999
Clemency petition to BPP with attachments (article, affidavits, excerpts from trial testimony), 1990, 1999
[2 folders]
Rector, Charles, # 721, March 25, 1999:
Execution summary, clippings, 1999
Clemency petition to BPP with attachments (court records, excerpts from trial testimony, affidavits), 1983, 1988, 1997-1999
[2 folders]
White, Robert Excell, # 511, March 30, 1999 (1976, 1992, 1999)
[Contains possibly excepted information: common law privacy]
Foust, Aaron Christopher, # 999268, April 28, 1999 (1998-2000)
De la Cruz, Jose Eliju, May 4, 1999
Coleman, Clydell, # 968, May 5, 1999
Little, William Hamilton, # 788, June 1, 1999:
Execution summary, clippings, 1999
Clemency petition to governor and BPP with attachments (affidavits, court records, voluntary statement, excerpts from trial transcript, letters of support), 1983-1986, 1999
[3 folders]
Faulder, Joseph Stanley, June 17, 1999:
Execution summary, 1999
Clippings, 1998-2000
Clemency petition to BPP with attachments (court records, affidavits, news releases, reports, excerpts from testimony of other trials, correspondence to governor and BPP from Canadian officials, previous clemency petition), 1976-1999
[7 folders]
Tuttle, Charles Daniel, # 999183, July 1, 1999
Fuller, Tyrone Leroy, July 7, 1999:
Execution summary, clippings, 1999
Clemency petition to governor and BPP with attachments (court records), 1988-1989, 1999
Blackmon, Ricky Don, # 893, August 4, 1999:
Execution summary, clippings, 1999
Clemency petition to governor and BPP with attachments (court records, incident reports from a different case), 1985-1987, 1999
[2 folders]
Boyd, Charles Anthony, August 5, 1999:
[The petition and attachments appear to be original, copies are not present in the Execution case files .]
Execution summary, clippings, 1999
Court records, affidavits, resume, 1987-1991, 1999
Report on DNA, 1996
[2 folders]
Draft report on DNA, 1999
[2 folders]
Clemency petition to BPP with attachments (psychological evaluations, excerpts from trial transcripts), 1999
[14 folders]
[Folder 1 contains possibly excepted information: psychological evaluation]
[Folders 2-7, 11-14 contain possibly excepted information: testimony from psychiatrists containing diagnosis of the inmate's condition]
Dunn, Kenneth Dwayne, # 675, August 10, 1999 (1992, 1999)
Earhart, James Otto, August 11, 1999
[Contains possibly excepted information: common law privacy]
Trevino, Joe Mario, August 18, 1999:
Execution summary, clippings, 1999
[Contains possibly excepted information: common law privacy]
Clemency petition to BPP with attachments (case summaries; psychological, psychiatric, and medical evaluations; Child Protective Services case file material; affidavit), 1970-1999
[5 folders]
[Folders 1 and 3 contain possibly excepted information: common law privacy]
[Folders 3-4 contain possibly excepted information: psychological and psychiatric evaluations, CPS case file material]
[Folder 4 contains possibly excepted information: medical records]
Jones, Raymond James, # 959, September 1, 1999:
Execution summary, clippings, 1999
Clemency petition to BPP with attachments (court records), 1989, 1999
Barnes, Willis Jay, September 10, 1999:
Execution summary, clippings, 1999
[Contains possibly excepted information: name of rape victim]
Clemency petition to governor and BPP with attachments (copies of photos, school records, letters of support), 1966, 1986, 1999
[2 folders]
Davis, William Prince, # 914, September 14, 1999
Smith, Ricky Wayne, September 21, 1999
Crane, Alvin Wayne, # 888, October 12, 1999
McFadden, Jerry Walter, October 14, 1999
Cantu, Domingo, October 28, 1999
Jennings, Desmond Dominique, # 999161, November 16, 1999
Lamb, John Michael, November 17, 1999:
Execution summary, clippings, 1999
Clemency petition to BPP with attachments (statement of inmate, letters of support, affidavits, log of phone calls), 1983, 1987, 1999
[2 folders]
Gutierrez, Jose Angel, # 970, November 18, 1999 (1999-2000)
Long, David Martin, December 8, 1999 (1994, 1999)
[Contains possibly excepted information: common law privacy]
Beathard, James Lee, # 785, December 9, 1999:
Execution summary, clippings, 1999
Clemency petition to governor and BPP with attachments (court records, affidavits, letters of support), 1984-1985, 1999
[2 folders]
Atworth, Robert Ronald, December 14, 1999
Felder, Sammie, Jr., # 550, December 15, 1999:
Execution summary, clippings, 1999
Clemency petition to BPP with attachments (letter from inmate, letters of support - mostly foreign, case summaries, court records), 1975, 1989, 1995-1999
[3 folders]
[Folder 2 contains possibly excepted information: email address]
Box
2002/151-78 Heiselbetz, Earl Carl, Jr., # 999014, January 12, 2000
Goodman, Spencer Corey, # 999031, January 18, 2000
[Contains possibly excepted information: common law privacy]
Hicks, David, January 20, 2000
Robison, Larry Keith, # 748, January 21, 2000:
Execution summary, clippings, 1999-2000
Clemency petition to governor and BPP with attachments (court records, affidavits, clippings, letters to BPP from family, writings by inmate, medical records, psychological and psychiatric evaluations, letters of support), 1973-1999
[18 folders]
[Folder 1 contains possibly excepted information: common law privacy]
[Folders 1-4, 9-13, and 17 contain possibly excepted information: psychiatric and psychological evaluations]
[Folder 5 contains possibly excepted information: email address]
[Folders 6-9, 12-16 contain possibly excepted information: medical records]
Hughes, Billy George, Jr., # 556, January 24, 2000:
Execution summary, clippings, 2000
[Contains possibly excepted information: common law privacy]
Clemency petition to BPP with attachments (court records), 1999-2000
[2 folders]
McGinnis, Glen Charles, January 25, 2000:
Execution summary, clippings, 2000
[Contains possibly excepted information: common law privacy]
Clemency petition to governor and BPP with attachments (court records), 1990-1992, 1999-2000
Moreland, James Walter, # 741, January 27, 2000:
Execution summary, clippings, 2000
[Contains possibly excepted information: common law privacy]
Clemency petition to governor and BPP with attachments (court records, letters of support, statement of inmate, affidavits), 1982-1984, 1994, 1999-2000
[2 folders]
[Folder 2 contains possibly excepted information: common law privacy]
Goss, Cornelius Alan, # 912, February 23, 2000
Beets, Betty Lou, # 810, February 24, 2000:
Execution summary, clippings, 2000
[2 folders]
Clemency petition to the governor and BPP with attachments (court records, affidavits, medical records, psychological and psychiatric evaluations), 1952, 1968-2000
[13 folders]
[Folders 1 and 7 contain possibly excepted information: common law privacy]
[Folders 2, 4-6, 8, and 11 contain possibly excepted information: psychiatric and psychological evaluations]
[Folders 3, 5-6, and 10 contain possibly excepted information: medical records]
Barnes, Odell, Jr., # 998, March 1, 2000:
Execution summary and clippings, 2000
[Contains possibly excepted information: common law privacy]
Clemency petition to governor and BPP with attachments (clippings, letters, lab analysis), 2000
Wilkerson, Ponchai, # 999011, March 14, 2000
[Contains possibly excepted information: common law privacy]
Gribble, Timothy Lane, # 929, March 15, 2000
[Contains possibly excepted information: name of rape victim]
Jackson, Tommy Ray, May 4, 2000
Kitchens, William Joseph, # 840, May 9, 2000
[Contains possibly excepted information: common law privacy]
McBride, William Lee, May 11, 2000:
Execution summary, clippings, 2000
[Contains possibly excepted information: common law privacy]
Clemency petition to governor and BPP with attachments (court records, oral deposition of radiologist), 1988, 1995, 2000
[2 folders]
Richardson, James Davis, III, # 000867, May 23, 2000:
Execution summary, clippings, 2000
Clemency petition to governor and BPP with attachments (affidavits, resumes, testimony of inmate, letters of support, court records, autopsy), 1986-1987, 1996-1997
[2 folders]
[Folder 2 contains possibly excepted information: autopsy]
Foster, Richard Donald, # 815, May 24, 2000
Clayton, James Edward, # 000921, May 25, 2000:
Execution summary, clippings, 2000
Clemency petition to governor and BPP with attachments (court records), 1987-1988, 2000
Carter, Robert Earl, # 999091, May 31, 2000:
Execution summary, clippings, 2000
Clemency petition to governor and BPP with attachments (court records, press release, affidavit, letters of support), 1992-2000
[2 folders]
Mason, Thomas Wayne, # 999035, June 12, 2000:
Execution summary, clippings, 2000
Petition for writ of certiorari (filed in U.S. Supreme Court), handwritten clemency petition to governor, letter to BPP from attorney, 2000
Burks, John Albert, # 949, June 14, 2000:
Execution summary, clippings, 2000
Clemency petition to governor and BPP with attachments (court records), 1989, 2000
Nuncio, Paul Selso, # 999158, June 15, 2000
Graham, Gary, # 696, June 22, 2000:
Execution summary, 2000
Clippings, press release, 2000
[2 folders]
Affidavits and letters to BPP, supplement to clemency petition to BPP, 2000
Clemency petition to BPP with attachments (court records, offense report, affidavits, copies of lineup photos, firearms report, letters of support), 1981, 1993, 2000
[3 folders]
[Folders 2-3 contain possibly excepted information: law enforcement offense report and investigation files]
Box
2002/151-79 San Miguel, Jessy Carlos, # 999008, June 29, 2000:
Execution summary, clippings, 2000
Clemency petition to BPP with attachments (court records, confessions, affidavits, correspondence between inmate and attorney, letters of support), 1989-1993, 1997, 2000
[4 folders]
[Folder 4 contains possibly excepted information: common law privacy]
Joiner, Orien Cecil, # 000902, July 12, 2000
Soria, Juan Salvez, # 000837, July 26, 2000:
Execution summary, clippings, 2000
Clemency application to governor and BPP with attachments (court records, psychiatric evaluations), 1986, 1999-2000
[2 folders]
[Folder 1 contains possibly excepted information: common law privacy]
[Folder 2 contains possibly excepted information: psychiatric evaluations]
Roberson, Brian Keith, # 000886, August 9, 2000:
Execution summary, clippings, 2000
Clemency petition to BPP with attachments (court records, letters of support), 1987, 1997-2000
[4 folders]
Cruz, Oliver David, # 954, August 9, 2000:
Execution summary, clippings, 2000
Clemency petition to BPP with attachments (court records, legislation), 1989, 1999-2000
[2 folders]
Satterwhite, John Thomas, # 000651, August 16, 2000:
Execution summary, clippings, 1998, 2000
Clemency petition to governor and BPP with attachments (legislation, medical record, report on mental illness), 1986-1987, 2000
[2 folders]
[Folder 2 contains possibly excepted information: medical record)]
Jones, Richard Wayne, # 882, August 22, 2000:
Execution summary, clippings, 2000
Clemency petition to governor and BPP with attachments (law enforcement records, reports, prison records, court records, grand jury testimony, affidavits), 1986-2000
[8 folders]
[Folder 1 contains possibly excepted information: law enforcement investigation files]
[Folder 4 contains possibly excepted information: TDCJ records]
[Folder 5-7 contain possibly excepted information: grand jury testimony]
Gibbs, David Earl, # 825, August 23, 2000
Caldwell, Jeffery Henri, # 938, August 30, 2000
McGinn, Ricky Nolen, # 999150, September 27, 2000:
Execution summary, 2000
[Contains possibly excepted information: common law privacy]
Clippings, 2000
[3 folders]
Dillingham, Jeffrey, # 999071, November 1, 2000:
Execution summary, 2000
[Contains possibly excepted information: common law privacy]
Clippings, 1992-2000
[2 folders]
Clemency petition to BPP with attachments (court records, letters of support to governor), 1993, 2000
[2 folders]
Flores, Miguel Angel, # 983, November 9, 2000:
Execution summary, clippings, 2000
Clemency petition to governor and BPP with attachments (court records, case summaries, article, affidavits, psychiatric evaluation), 1989-1990, 1995-1996, 2000
[3 folders]
[Folder 3 contains possibly excepted information: psychiatric evaluation]
Lawton, Stacey Lamont, # 999066, November 14, 2000:
Execution summary, clippings, 2000
Clemency petition to governor and BPP with attachments (court records), 1993, 2000
Chambers, Tony Neyshea, # 999009, November 15, 2000:
Execution summary, clippings, 2000
Clemency petition of governor and BPP with attachments (court records, affidavits, offense report and law enforcement records, psychological evaluation, letters of support, clippings, photographs), 1987-2000
[6 folders]
[Folder 3-4 contain possibly excepted information: law enforcement offense report and investigation files]
[Folder 5 contains possibly excepted information: psychological evaluation]
Miller, Garry Dean, # 947, December 5, 2000
Hittle, Daniel Joe, December 6, 2000
Jones, Claude Howard, # 980, December 7, 2000

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Death penalty protest letters, 1991-1995,
23.24 cubic ft.

The General Counsel to the Texas Governor is responsible for tracking inmates on death row as their cases move through the judicial process, including all appeals to the governor for commutations or stays of execution. This series consists of largely incoming letters and postcards, a few outgoing letters, petitions, etc., dating 1991-1995. Letters were written to the governor, generally protesting the scheduled execution of specific inmates on death row. A few other record types are present in the these files, including a videotape, certificates, and publications, however, the vast majority of the files are letters. The letters were written to Texas Governor Ann Richards. Very few outgoing letters from the Governor's Office are present. The letters to Richards were maintained in the General Counsel's Office after she left the governor's office because the inmates had not yet been executed. Letters written to protest executions during Bush's term are largely filed in the General Counsel General correspondence series, with a small amount present in the Execution case files. Additional letters are in the Correspondence/Constituent Services Office bulk mail not logged, Capital punishment correspondence series. Letters concerning inmates not executed during Bush's term are likely still in the Governor's Office. The letters were all date stamped as received in the Governor's Office, given a unique ID number, then forwarded to the General Counsel's Office, where they were again date stamped as received. In cases where large groups of postcards were received en mass, only a few were date stamped.
The letters were written by groups of people involved with amnesty organizations, primarily Amnesty International, others were written by citizens without noting an affiliation with a specific organization. There are printed form letters and cards designed for specific inmates, hand-written or typed letters following a standard format, and non-standard letters. Letters were received from states all over the United States and countries throughout the world, including Sweden, Great Britain, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, Australia, Japan, Switzerland, Belgium, etc. A few letters are written in foreign languages, including French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, and Japanese. A small number of letters, primarily from Texans, urge the governor not to delay the execution or not to grant any clemency. This series does not contain letters from family members or legal staff of the death row inmate; those are filed in the execution file of the inmate, see the series Execution case files.
Arrangement
These records are arranged alphabetically by name of the inmate. For some inmates' records, the files are further arranged roughly in chronological order, usually by the stamped date of receipt in the Governor's Office. For other inmates, especially those with multiple boxes of mail, the foreign letters are usually filed first, arranged by country then date of receipt. Letters from U.S. citizens vary with the inmate. Voluminous amounts of mail were filed alphabetically by last name. Smaller amounts of mail were generally filed by date of receipt.
Restrictions on Access
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Processed by
Laura K. Saegert, January 2004
Carter, Robert Anthony
[Letters concerning Carter's scheduled execution are dated February 1992, September 1993, and August 1994 to January 1995. The letters are roughly ordered by the date of their receipt in the Governor's Office (or the date assigned - often a letter was assigned a receipt date several days after it was date stamped as received) - 1992-1993, and September 1994-January 1995. A large group of postcards is filed at the end of the letters, most from Holland. Only a few of the postcards were stamped as received in the Governor's Office, they were in two shoeboxes, one of which was labeled "1800 postcards for Robert Carter from Holland."]
Box
2002/151-80 February 1992
September 16, 1994
[3 folders]
September 16-October 6, 1994
September 1993, October 4-6, 1994
October 10-21, 1994
October 20-21, 1994
October 21, 1994
October 18-21, 1994
October 19, 1994
October 19-25, 1994
October 20-24, 1994
October 24, 1994
October 24-27, 1994
October 31, 1994
[4 folders]
October 31-November 3, 1994
November 2-3, 1994
[2 folders]
November 3, 1994
November 3-4, 1994
November 4-7, 1994
November 7, 1994
[2 folders]
November 7-8, 1994
[2 folders]
November 7, 1994
November 8, 1994
[4 folders]
November 8-16, 1994
November 16, 1994
[3 folders]
November 16-18, 1994
November 18, 1994
[3 folders]
November 21, 1994
[2 folders]
November 21-22, 1994
November 22, 1994
[2 folders]
November 22-December 1, 1994
December 1, 1994
[4 folders]
December 2, 1994
[7 folders]
December 2-5, 1994
December 5, 1994
[3 folders]
December 5-6, 1994
December 6-7, 1994
December 7, 1994
December 7-9, 1994
December 9-15, 1994
December 15, 1994
[5 folders]
December 15-16, 1994
December 16, 1994
[3 folders]
Box
2002/151-81 December 15-16, 1994
December 16, 1994
[3 folders]
December 16-19, 1994
December 19, 1994
[2 folders]
December 19-20, 1994
December 20-21, 1994
December 21, 1994
[2 folders]
December 21-23, 1994
December 23, 1994
December 27, 1994
[7 folders]
December 27-29, 1994
December 29, 1994
[3 folders]
December 29, 1994-January 3, 1995
January 3, 1995
[17 folders]
January 3-4, 1995
January 4, 1995
[2 folders]
January 4-6, 1995
January 6, 1995
[6 folders]
January 10, 1995
[2 folders]
January 10-12, 1995
January 12-17, 1995
January 17-20, 1995
January 24-25, 1995
January 25, 1995
Postcards:
Box
2002/151-81 United States, Italy, December 1994
Box
2002/151-82 Ireland, December 1994
Box
2002/151-82 and 83 Holland (Netherlands), December 1994-January 1995
Box
2002/151-81 Clayton, James E., 1994
Drew, Robert, 1993
Faulder, Joseph Stanley
[Letters concerning Faulder's scheduled execution are dated April-December 1992. The letters are in two groups. The first group consists of letters from people mostly in the United States, with a few from other countries present. These letters are roughly ordered by the date of their receipt in the Governor's Office (or the date assigned - often a letter was assigned a receipt date several days after it was date stamped as received). The second group is a set of letters from people in foreign countries, arranged alphabetically by the name of the country, then roughly ordered by the date of their receipt in the Governor's Office.]
Box
2002/151-81 Faulder, group 1 letters
March-April 1992
April-June 1992
July-August 1992
August-September 1992
September-October 1992
October 1992
[2 folders]
November 1992
December 1992
[3 folders]
Faulder, group 2 - foreign letters
Australia:
April-August 1992
September-December 1992
Austria:
April-September 1992
September-December 1992
Box
2002/151-84 Belgium:
April 1992
April-May 1992
May 1992
May-October 1992
Canada:
April-May 1992
May-August 1992
August-October 1992
October-November 1992
November-December 1992
Denmark:
May-October 1992
October-November 1992
Finland, April-December 1992
France:
April-August 1992
August-December 1992
Germany:
March-April 1992
April-May 1992
May-June 1992
June-August 1992
August-September 1992
September-November 1992
November 1992
November-December 1992
Italy, April-December 1992
Netherlands, April-December 1992
Norway, April-December 1992
Sweden:
April-May 1992
May-September 1992
September-December 1992
Switzerland, May-December 1992
United Kingdom:
March-April 1992
April-May 1992
May 1992
May-July 1992
July-August 1992
August-September 1992
October-November 1992
November-December 1992
Miscellaneous foreign, 1992
[2 folders]
Gary Graham
[Letters concerning Graham's scheduled execution are dated October 1992, March 1993-January 1995, the bulk dating April-August 1993. Also present are petitions, and a videotape, titled "Gary Graham Innocence Witnesses." Letters protesting his execution are present from amnesty groups, foreign government bodies and officials, U.S. congressmen, Texas legislators, and other government officials, celebrities, and the general public. Some of the letters were written to the Texas Board of Pardon and Paroles, U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, President Bill Clinton, or other officials, with the Governor's Office copied in. There is a group of letters from Texans that urge the governor not to grant clemency or halt the execution. The Graham letters were mostly unfoldered and largely unorganized, but they had been separated by the Governor's staff into basically four groups: letters from foreign countries, letters from the U.S., petitions, and letters from Texans. Within each group the arrangement varies. Some of the letters in the foreign country files were split into countries, when this was obvious, the arrangement by country was maintained, with files from various boxes combined into files for separate countries. Two of the boxes of foreign letters were not separated by country but were largely ordered chronologically by the date of receipt in the governor's office. These two boxes were left in this date order. The boxes of files split into countries are ordered by country, then roughly by date of receipt in the Governor's Office. This last set of foreign files ends with a small group of letters from foreign officials - members of European parliaments and other foreign dignitaries. Within the boxes from the United States are three sets of files the Governor's staff foldered alphabetically by correspondent. In the first set of the alphabetical files are some outgoing replies to the correspondent from the Governor's Office. Other outgoing replies are few and are scattered throughout the rest of the protest letters from United States citizens. The three sets of alphabetical files are arranged as received. The remainder of the United States letters were unfoldered, but arranged roughly in alphabetical order by the first initial of the last name. These files were foldered and maintained in this alphabetical order. Following the U.S. letters are petitions requesting clemency for Gary Graham, both from U.S. citizens and from foreign countries, arranged by month of receipt. Following the petitions are letters from Texans, which are split into two groups, those protesting the execution and requesting clemency, and those supporting the execution. Within each group the letters are filed alphabetically by the first initial of the last name.]
Box
2002/151-84 Foreign letters
Australia:
March-April 1993
April-May 1993
May-November 1993
Austria:
March-April 1993
April-June 1993
June-October 1993
Belgium:
April-May 1993
May-October 1993, February 1994
Canada:
April 1993
[7 folders]
May 1993
[4 folders]
May-June 1993
Box
2002/151-85 June 1993
June-July 1993
July-August 1993
August-September 1993, November 1994
Denmark:
April 1993
April-May 1993
May 1993
May-June 1993
June-August 1993
August-October 1993
Finland:
March-August 1993
August 1993, January-April 1994
France:
April-May 1993
May 1993
[3 folders]
June 1993
June-July 1993
August 1993
[3 folders]
September-October 1993
October 1993-February 1994
Germany:
October 1992, March-April 1993
April 1993
[3 folders]
April-May 1993
May 1993
[2 folders]
June 1993
[4 folders]
July-August 1993
August 1993
[3 folders]
Box
2002/151-86 August-September 1993
September 1993-February 1994
February 1994
February-March 1994
March 1994
March-September 1994
Greece:
April-June 1993
June-October 1993
Italy:
March-April 1993
April 1993
[9 folders]
May 1993
[9 folders]
June 1993
[1-11 of 24 folders]
Box
2002/151-87 June 1993
[12-24 of 24 folders]
June-July 1993
July 1993
[5 folders]
August 1993
[2 folders]
August-October 1993
November 1993-April 1994
April-November 1994
Japan:
April-July 1993
July-October 1993
Netherlands:
April-May 1993
May-June 1993
June-July 1993
July-August 1993
August 1993
August-September 1993
October 1993-January 1995
Norway, March-August 1993
Spain:
April-June 1993
June-August 1993
August 1993-February 1994
February-March 1994
March-June 1994
Sweden:
April-May 1993
May-July 1993
Box
2002/151-88 July-August 1993
August 1993
August-October 1993; April, June 1994
Switzerland:
March-April 1993
April-June 1993
June-August 1993
August 1993
August 1993-April 1994
Turkey, April-September 1993
United Kingdom:
March-April 1993
April 1993
[10 folders]
May 1993
[8 folders]
May-June 1993
June 1993
[9 folders]
July 1993
Box
2002/151-89 July-August 1993
August 1993
[6 folders]
August-October 1993
November 1993-March 1994
June, December 1994; January 1995
Miscellaneous foreign letters:
April 1993
April-May 1993
May-June 1993
June 1993
[3 folders]
June-July 1993
August 1993
[18 folders]
August-September 1993
September 1993
[1-2 of 13 folders]
Box
2002/151-90 September 1993
[3-13 of 13 folders]
September-October 1993
October 1993
[9 folders]
October-November 1993
November 1993
November-December 1993
December 1993
[2 folders]
December 1993-January 1994
January 1994
January-February 1994
February-April, August 1994
Miscellaneous foreign officials,
[These are letters from members of European parliaments and other foreign dignitaries.]
Australia-Germany
Italy-Switzerland
United Kingdom
Letters from United States citizens
[There are three sets of alphabetical files, followed by a file of miscellaneous letters, consisting of unsigned letters, a videotape, and clippings.]
Alphabetical set one, April 1993 - April 1994, bulk April-August 1993:
[Many of the letters have outgoing replies, some from Governor Richards, some from her office staff.]
Box
2002/151-90 A
[4 folders]
B
[1-2 of 10 folders]
Box
2002/151-91 B
[3-10 of 10 folders]
C
[2 folders]
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
[2 folders]
N
O
P
Q
[empty folder, removed]
R
S
T
U
[empty folder, removed]
V
W
X, Y, Z
Alphabetical set two, generally without outgoing replies, April 1993-July 1994, bulk April-August 1993:
[Only a handful of letters have outgoing replies. A few foreign letters are present, based on the last name of the correspondent, not the country.]
Box
2002/151-91 C
[6 folders]
D
[4 folders]
E
F
[4 folders]
Box
2002/151-92 G
[5 folders]
H
[6 folders]
I
Alphabetical set three, most without outgoing replies, April 1993-July 1994, bulk April-August 1993:
[Only a handful of letters have outgoing replies from the governor or the governor's office, most of those being to congressmen or Hollywood personalities. Petitions of various sorts are scattered throughout the files, however most are filed at the end of this alphabetical set, in the group labeled "Petitions." Petitions filed in the alphabetical files are generally filed under the first name on the petition.]
Box
2002/151-92 A
B
[2 folders]
C
D
[2 folders]
E
F
G
H
I
J
[3 folders]
K
[5 folders]
L
[6 folders]
M
[8 folders]
Box
2002/151-93 Mc
[2 folders]
N
[2 folders]
O
[2 folders]
P
[5 folders]
Q
R
[7 folders]
S
[11 folders]
T
[4 folders]
U
V
W
[7 folders]
X
Y
Z
Miscellaneous United States letters:
[These are letters that are either unsigned or the name is illegible, phone call summaries, a videotape - "Gary Graham Innocence Witnesses," and a file of clippings about Graham that were not accompanied by signed letters.]
Box
2002/151-94 Phone call summaries, 1993
Unsigned letters or cards:
October 1992, April 1993
May 1993
June-August 1993
August-December 1993
December 1993-January 1994
January-February 1994
February-July, 1994, undated
[Includes videotape.]
Clippings, 1993
Petitions
[This group of files consists of petitions requesting clemency for Graham from the United States and from many foreign countries. The petitions are arranged by month of receipt in the governor's office. The last set of files in this group are petitions that were not stamped as received in the office, they may have been received in one or more large batches of files. Most of the unstamped petitions were in an overstuffed folder marked "Petitions."]
Box
2002/151-94 April 1993
April-May 1993
May 1993
[3 folders]
May-June 1993
June 1993
[8 folders]
June-July 1993
July 1993
August 1993
[3 folders]
August-September 1993
October 1993-April 1994
Petitions not date stamped, from folder titled "Petitions," ca. 1993
[7 folders]
Box
2002/151-95 Petitions not date stamped, ca. 1993
[4 folders]
Letters from Texans, April 1993-July 1994
[The majority of the letters are requesting clemency, most of the letters supporting the execution come from the Houston area, where Graham's crimes were committed. Petitions are present in both sets of files, with more being present in the letters from Texans supporting his execution.]
Letters requesting clemency or a stay in the execution:
Box
2002/151-95 A
B
[3 folders]
C
[4 folders]
D
E
F
[2 folders]
G
[2 folders]
H
[2 folders]
I
J
[2 folders]
K
L
[2 folders]
M
[3 folders]
N
O
P
[2 folders]
Q
R
[3 folders]
S
[3 folders]
T
[2 folders]
U, V
W
[3 folders]
Y, Z
Unsigned or illegible name
Letters supporting the execution:
Box
2002/151-96 A
B
[2 folders]
C
[2 folders]
D
E
F
G, H
J
K
L, M
M
O, P, Q
R
S
[3 folders]
T
V
W
Y, Z
No name or illegible name
Petitions
[2 folders]
Samuel Hawkins
[Letters concerning Hawkins scheduled execution are dated February 1993-January 1995, the bulk dating February 8-9, 1993 and December 6, 1994. Most of the letters are from foreign countries, arranged by the date of receipt of the letter. A few letters (November 1994) are present for inmate Warren Bridge. They were left with Hawkins' files as we do not have any execution files or death penalty protest letters for Bridge.]
Box
2002/151-96 Foreign letters:
February 2-4, 1993
February 5, 1993
February 8, 1993
[2 folders]
February 9, 1993
[2 folders]
February 9-10, 1993
March-April 1993
[Contains possibly excepted information: email address foreign correspondent.]
November 16-December 1, 1994
December 2, 1994
[2 folders]
December 5, 1994
December 6, 1994
[8 folders]
Box
2002/151-97 December 7-19, 1994
December 19-21, 1994
December 21, 1994-January 10, 1995
United States letters:
January 1993
February 1993
February-April 1993
December 1994
Letters concerning various inmates, last names L-T
[In this group are letters for different inmates, most having just one folder.]
Box
2002/151-97 Lang, David, 1992
McDuff, Kenneth, 1994
McFarland, Frank, 1993
Mitchell, Andrew Lee, 1992-1993
Montoya, Irineo Tristan, 1992-1993
Moody, John, 1992-1994
Muniz, Pedro, 1994
Narvaiz, Leopoldo, 1993-1994
Nobles, Johnathan, 1993
Perillo, Pam, 1994
[6 folders]
[The letters are arranged roughly in order by date of receipt.]
Satterwhite, John Thomas, 1994
Sharp, Michael Eugene, 1994
Soliz, Jose Efrain, 1993
Spence, David, 1994
Teague, Delbert, 1994
Trevino, Joe, 1994
Tucker, Karla Faye
[Letters are dated June 1992 through March 1994, the bulk dating July-October 1992. The bulk of the letters are from U.S. citizens with most requesting the governor commute her sentence to life in prison. The majority of the letters were sent to the governor after Karla's story was broadcast on a Christian television program in mid 1992. Also present is a group of letters from foreign countries, most from England. The U.S. letters are arranged in alphabetical order by the last name of the correspondent, the foreign letters are arranged by country. Also present are two videotapes, Karla Faye Tucker with Mike Barber and Trinity Broadcast Network, and (untitled); and an audiocassette.]
Box
2002/151-97 United States letters:
Ab-Ak
Ak-Al
All-Alv
Am-And
And-Ar
[Contains possibly excepted information: common law privacy information about a family member, letter from Arndt.]
As-Az
Bab-Bak
Bal-Barb
Barb-Bart
Bart-Baz
Bea-Bel
Bel-Ben
[Contains possibly excepted information: common law privacy information about a family member, letter from V. Bell.]
Ben-Bey
Bh-Bla
Bla
Ble-Boli
Bolt-Bost
Bosw-Boy
Bra
Bre-Bron
Brou-Brown, K.
Box
2002/151-98 Brown, L.-Bru
Bry-Burg
Burg-Burt
Burt-By
Cad-Camp
Camp-Carl
Carl-Cars
Cars-Cas
Cat-Chap
Chap-Chr
Chr-Cla
Cla-Cob
Cob-Col
Col-Coo
Coo-Cop
Cop-Cox
Cox-Cr
Cr-Cu
Cur-Dal
Dal-Davis
Davis-Dea
Dea-Den
Den-Dia
Dic-Dob
Dob-Dr
Dr-Du
Du-Ec
Ed-Eli
[Contains possibly excepted information: common law privacy - D. Eggert letter]
Ell-Ens
Ep-Es
Fa-Fea
Fee-Fil
Fl-Flower
Floyd-Foss
Foster-Fraizer
Frazzell-Frey
Fricke-Futch
Box
2002/151-99 Gabriel-Garcia
Garcia
Garcia-Garrison
Garvin-Gibbons
Gib-Gilm
Gils-Goll
Golo-Goree
Goro-Grass
Grassell-Green
Greer-Grun
Gruys-Guz
H-Hall
Hall-Ham
Ham-Han
Han-Harp
Harp-Harv
Harv-Hay
Hay-Hel
Helz-Hen
Her-Heu
[Contains possibly excepted information: juvenile probation records]
Hew-Hill
Hill-Hoc
Hoc-Hol
Hol-Hos
Hos-How
How-Hul
Hum-Hy
Ig-Iv
Ja-James
Jam-Jen
Jen-Johnson
Johnson-Johnston
Joi-Jones
Jones-Joy
Jud-Kee
Kei-Ken
Ken-Kim
Kim-Kise
Kiss-Kni
Box
2002/151-100 Kni-Kra
Kra-Ku
Ku-Lamb
Lamb-Lang
Lan-Lav
Law-Lee
Lee-Les
Les-Lig
Lil-Lof
Log-Lowe
Lowe-Luth
Lutk-Mah
Mai-Mara
Mara-Mars
Mart-Mason
Mason-May
May-Mem
Men-Mey
Mey-Miller
Miller-Minn
Mino-Mon
Mont-Mor
Mor-Mos
Mos-Mus
Mus-McCa
McCan-McD
McD-McK
McK-McT
Na-Neib
Neil-New
Ney-Norton
Norton-Old
Ole-Orte
Orti-Oz
Pa-Pant
Pant-Pas
Pat-Pea
Box
2002/151-101 Pec-Pers
Pers-Phillips
Phillis-Pitts
Pla-Pope
Pope-Pou
[Contains possibly excepted information: social security number (Pope letter)]
Pow-Pro
Pro-Q
Rab-Ratl
Ratt-Reed, J.
Reed, L.-Reid
Reil-Rice, B.
Rice, C.-Ridd
Ride-Robb
Robb-Robi
Robl-Roj
Rol-Roth
Rott-Ruiz
Rul-Ry
Sab-Sanders
Sanderson-Schaffer
Scheer-Schuh
Schuh-Seal
Seales-Seim
Sena-Shaw
Sheeley-Shotwell
Shoup-Simpson
Simpson-Slinger
Sliva-Smith, H.
Smith, J.-Smith, T.
Smith, U.-Spane
Spark-Spitz
Sprague-Steele
Stefan-Stephens
Stephenson-Stiles
Stin-Street
Streit-Suth
Sutt-Syrie
Tabor-Taylor, G.
Taylor, H.-Ter
Box
2002/151-102 Tes-Thomas, L.
Thomas, R.-Thompson, V.
Thompson, V.-Timm
Tin-Town
Town-Tri
Tro-Turner, E.
Turner, G.-Twi
Uh-Vander
Vandie-Veal
Veale-Vri
Waa-Walker, E.
Walker, E.-Walls
Walm-Water
Watew-Web
Weed-Wert
Wertz-Whip
White-Whitm
Whitn-Wilke
Wilki-Williams, J.
Williams, J.-Williams, W.
Williamson-Wilson, E.
Wilson, H.-Wise
Wiske-Wood
Woodall-Woz
Wright, B.-Wright, J.
Wright, V.-York
Yost-Zara
Zarate-Zu
Last name unknown or illegible
[3 folders]
Address list without a letter
Foreign letters, 1992:
Box
2002/151-102 Australia, New Zealand, Japan
Austria
Belgium, France
Canada
Denmark, Finland, and the Netherlands
Germany
Italy
Norway, Switzerland, and Sweden
Spain
United Kingdom
[4 folders]
Miscellaneous countries
Letters concerning various inmates, last names T-Y
[In this group are letters for different inmates, most having just one folder.]
Box
2002/151-103 Turner, Jessel, 1994
Vuong, Hai, 1993
West, Robert, 1994
[4 folders]
[These letters are mostly from foreign countries, arranged roughly by date of receipt in the governor's office.]
Williams, Toby, 1991-1992
Williams, Willie, 1994-1995
Willis, Bobby, 1994
Yarbrough, John, 1992

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