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Texas inmate’s execution delayed as motions filed to Supreme Court

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The execution of a Texas death row inmate convicted of double murder was delayed on Thursday after lawyers filed last-minute appeals to spare his life, saying he was not the trigger man and his case was tainted by prosecutorial misconduct.

Terry Edwards, 43, had been set to be put to death by lethal injection at the state’s death chamber in Huntsville at 6 p.m. But the execution was put on hold after several motions citing what lawyers for Edwards said were faults in previous legal proceedings were filed at the U.S. Supreme Court.

If the execution does go ahead, it would be the 540th in Texas since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, the most of any state.

Edwards was convicted along with co-defendant Kirk Edwards, an older cousin, of the July 2002 murders of Dallas Subway sandwich shop employees Mickell Goodwin and Tommy Walker in a robbery.

Kirk Edwards has a projected release date of July 2027, Texas Department of Criminal Justice online records showed.

In an editorial posted online on Wednesday, the Dallas Morning News said the execution should be halted because there are too many unanswered questions in the case.

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“These questions do not paint Terry Edwards as innocent. But they do raise uncertainties as to whether the jury was misled when it determined he had pulled the trigger and deserved to die, it said.

Lawyers for Texas have argued that new counsel for Edwards previously tried to halt the execution on similar grounds and his execution should go ahead as a result of a conviction and sentencing that were legal and proper.

John Mills, an attorney for Edwards, said he has evidence indicating that Edwards was not the gunman.

“Previous counsel has done virtually almost nothing to ensure that his case was investigated and that the powerful evidence undermining the reliability and the fairness of his conviction was brought to light,” Mills said in an interview.

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One of the main pieces of evidence was gunshot residue testing, which at trial was presented and used by prosecutors who said Terry Edwards fired the fatal shots.

In court papers, lawyers for the death row inmate said the gunshot residue evidence was improperly interpreted and actually show that Edwards was not the shooter.

(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by James Dalgleish and Leslie Adler)

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Ex-prosecutor explains why Trump feels like he can lie about Robert Mueller

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On Wednesday, former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that Trump is everything he accuses special counsel Robert Mueller of being — and he feels confident in gaslighting the American people because he knows no one has the ability to challenge him on it.

"The president falsely accused Mueller of illegally deleting anti-Trump text messages between two former FBI employees," said Blitzer. "In fact, those messages were wiped from government phones by the Justice Department in accordance with longstanding department policy. What's your reaction to that baseless, personal attack from the president on Mueller?"

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Soccer star slams Trump for attacking her teammate: He hates women he ‘cannot control or grope’

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On Wednesday, U.S. Women's Soccer champion Ali Krieger rebuked President Donald Trump for his attacks on her teammate Megan Rapinoe, saying that the president feels threatened by women that he "cannot control or grope":

In regards to the “President’s” tweet today, I know women who you cannot control or grope anger you, but I stand by @mPinoe & will sit this one out as well. I don’t support this administration nor their fight against LGBTQ+ citizens, immigrants & our most vulnerable.

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Bernie Sanders: ‘I intend to be the Democratic nominee’

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Bernie Sanders intends to be the 2020 Democratic nominee - and he's not planning to back down anytime soon. Not even with 23 other Democratic presidential hopefuls in the running alongside him.

MSNBC's Kasie Hunt spoke with Sanders for an interview prior to the first Democratic debate night where he plainly said, "I intend to be the Democratic nominee."

In the interview, Sanders also discussed his plan to end student loan debt and Medicare for all. But before that, he said there was another pressing issue.

"Our goal right now is to win it," Sanders said. "And by the way, as you you may know, poll after poll shows what against Trump? Shows me beating Trump by 8, 9 or 10 points. We're going to beat Trump, we're going to win the Democratic nomination."

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