Article About Judge Bryan’s Order (plus PDF-Download Of The Order)
“Brazos County district judge Travis Bryan III spent more than half of his 111 page ruling about Thuesen’s lawyers lack of investigating his post traumatic stress disorder as the result of his military service.”
Links / Sources (as seen in the video):
What is it like to be John’s friend? – A blog from John’s friends
“Former Marine on Death Row – Could this have turned out differently?” (Sep 2015)
“Considering War’s Toll in Debate on Death Row” (12/26/13)
– “Mr. Thuesen’s new lawyers argue that had his trial lawyers done a more thorough job of explaining the prevalence and long-term damage of PTSD, the jury would have given him a life sentence.”
– “Some legal and psychiatric experts have called for the courts to exclude veterans with PTSD from execution eligibility.”
– “The tragedy of the wounded combat veteran who faces execution by the nation he has served seems to be an avoidable one, and we, as a society, should take action to ensure that it does not happen” (Dr. Hal Wortzel and Dr. David Arciniegas)
“Veteran Appeals Death Sentence” (The Texas Tribune, 2013)
This is how John has been housed for more than 10 years now:
His cell is 2×3 meters with only a tiny window, and he is locked in there 23 hours each day in solitary confinement. The last hour he is taken to one of the “recreation” cages. If he is lucky, it is outside, but there are “recreation” cages inside the building as well, so often he is locked in another room just a bit larger than his cell. All inmates are separated from each other, so during the recreation hour they can only have social contact through the bars.
Also, he never has a chance to have contact visits and cannot embrace his loved ones as long as he is on Death Row. Bulletproof glass keeps visitors away from him, and they talk to him on a phone.
These pictures from Texas Death Row at the Polunsky Unit show John’s environment. We share them here thanks to the Freedom of Information Act.