Famed Defense Attorney Looks at the “State of Texas vs. Melissa”

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Recently Kevin Price, Host of the nationally syndicated Price of Business Show, interviewed J.L. Carpenter.

Price and Carpenter unbox the controversial case of Melissa Lucio, who was the first Mexican Woman placed on Death Row in Texas.  They use the documentary, now on HULU, to look at this case. 
 
According to Variety, “Set in the heart of the Latino community of South Texas, the film explores the life and trials of Melissa Lucio, the first Hispanic woman sentenced to death row in Texas, the state responsible for the most executions in America since 1976. Lucio, who was blamed for the abuse and subsequent death of her two-year-old daughter, has been on death row for 13 years. The film shows how the system was stacked against Lucio — from the court-appointed attorney who didn’t bring forth certain evidence, to the District Attorney, who is serving a 13-year sentence for bribery and corruption.

“Lucio’s conviction was overturned in July 2019 by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, but the State of Texas immediately appealed that ruling. And in February, a court of appeals reversed the 2019 grant of relief by a vote of 10 to 7 and her hopes for exoneration now lie in the U.S. Supreme Court, which only takes 1% of all cases.”

Although Lucio received a stay of execution recently, when her death sentence seemed imminent, her future is by no means certain.  

In this interesting interview they look at the possible outcomes, the alleged judicial malpractice by her attorney, any lessons to be learned, and more. 

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She is a Native Houstonian and a former prosecutor.  J.L. Carpenter began her defense practice in 2006 and since has defended thousands of clients including three high profile trials in Houston. J.L. also aids clients in finding sobriety and works with folks in recovery outside of her legal practice.

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