John Thuesen, a veteran with PTSD on Death Row in Texas, is currently undergoing the federal appeals process.
What many don’t know, however, is that years ago, his original trial judge Travis Bryan III called for a punishment reversal.
The trial judge’s order from 2015 is no longer available to the general public, but the case as well as the the main points from the order are presented here on this website.
Judge Travis Bryan III’s Order Recommending Punishment Reversal (7/7/15)
“This Court determines that Thuesen’s constitutional rights were violated and that his punishment should be reversed and remanded for a new punishment trial.”
In particular, see:
Claims 1, 5, 8: Trial Counsel Performed Ineffectively in the Investigation and Presentation of Mitigation Evidence Related to PTSD at the Punishment Phase of Trial (pages 16-48)
Claim 7: Trial Counsel Performed Ineffectively by Failing to Investigate and Present Evidence at the Punishment Phase of Trial that Thuesen Was Not Properly Treated for PTSD by the VA (pages 48-56)
Claim 6: Trial Counsel Performed Ineffectively in the Investigation and Presentation of Evidence at the Punishment Phase of Trial that There Was Not a Probability that Thuesen Would Commit Acts of Future Violence Constituting a Danger to Society (pages 57-63)
See John’s latest blog entries
We all hope that John gets a second chance, so his life turns into a beautiful one after such a long time. Please help us to give him this chance either by donating
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