Robert James Campbell - TX - 5/13/14 - STAYED

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US Supreme Court declines to review mental impairment claim for spared Texas inmate

By MICHAEL GRACZYK Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused an appeal from a Texas death row inmate whose attorneys argued that he was mentally impaired and therefore ineligible for the death penalty.

Robert James Campbell, 41, had avoided execution May 13 when the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stopped his punishment less than three hours before he could have been put to death. That court agreed to give Campbell's lawyers time to pursue the claims of mental impairment.

At the time of the reprieve, the U.S. Supreme Court was considering a separate appeal from Campbell's attorneys seeking the name of the company that provides the Texas Department of Criminal Justice with its lethal injection drugs. The high court has not ruled on that issue in Campbell's case.

Campbell was sentenced to death for the 1991 abduction, rape and slaying of a 20-year-old Houston bank teller, Alexandra Rendon.

The justices made no comment on the ruling, one of three Monday involving condemned Texas prisoners. But court documents show the ruling was on an appeal related to questions about whether the inmate was mentally impaired.

So far, the U.S. Supreme Court has not halted an executions based on a state's refusal to reveal its execution drug supplier. The secrecy argument also was used by lawyers ahead of a bungled execution in April in Oklahoma, though that inmate's collapsed veins, not the drug, have been cited as the likely culprit.

Death penalty states have been scrambling to find drugs after several manufacturers refused to sell their products for use in lethal injections.

Last month, the Texas attorney general's office, ruling in an open records case from attorneys for a death row inmate, said Texas can keep its execution drug supplier secret. The ruling cited arguments from law enforcement about suppliers facing serious danger if they are identified.

Texas law enforcement officials have refused to say what threats they have found, calling any details about them "law enforcement sensitive information" and refusing to say if any pharmacies were in danger or what the agency was doing to investigate.

Lawyers for death row inmates insist they need the information to verify the drugs' potency and to protect inmates from unconstitutionally cruel and unusual punishment.

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Sentence Reduced for Inmate on Texas Death Row for 25 Years
Sentence reduced to life in prison for man who's been on Texas' death row for almost 25 years for Houston bank teller's killing.
May 10, 2017

HOUSTON (AP) -- A man on Texas' death row for nearly 25 years for killing a Houston bank teller is getting his sentence reduced to life in prison after state attorneys told a federal court Wednesday they agree with his lawyers that he's mentally impaired and ineligible for execution under U.S. Supreme Court rulings.

Robert James Campbell, 44, will be resentenced to life and be eligible for parole because Texas did not yet have life without parole when he was arrested for the 1991 abduction, rape and slaying of 20-year-old Alejandra Rendon.

The Texas attorney general's office and Campbell's attorneys submitted a joint recommendation to U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison saying evidence supported a finding that Campbell is intellectually disabled and "falls within the class of offenders the Supreme Court ... found 'categorically excluded from execution.'"

According to the court filing, state attorneys believe "further attempts to investigate and litigate this claim would not serve the interests of justice."

A psychologist selected by the state said tests that showed Campbell's low IQ, school and medical records and other records all pointed to a diagnosis of "mild intellectual disability." A test from a defense neuropsychologist put Campbell's IQ at 69. Courts generally have used an IQ of 70 as the threshold for mental impairment.

"Given the overwhelming evidence of Mr. Campbell's intellectual disability, it was only a matter of time until the courts reached the same conclusion, and further delay would not have served anyone's interests," one of Campbell's attorneys, Rob Owen of the Northwestern University School of Law, said. "We hope that the family and loved ones of Alejandra Rendon can take some comfort in having this matter finally resolved, and we are profoundly sorry for their terrible loss."

Rendon was abducted Jan. 3, 1991, while putting gas into her car. She was robbed, raped and shot. She'd been making wedding plans and was buried wearing her recently purchased wedding dress.

Campbell was 18 at the time and on parole after serving four months of a five-year sentence for robbery. Evidence showed Campbell gave Rendon's coat to his mother and the victim's watch and high school class ring to his girlfriend.

The victim's uncle, Israel Santana, said her family believed justice "would have been properly served" with Campbell being put to death.

"Nevertheless, we accept the recent decisions ... and we ask for continued prayer for our family after having received this devastating news," said Santana, a Houston attorney.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals halted Campbell's scheduled lethal injection in May 2014 less than three hours before he could have been executed so his lawyers could pursue their claims of his mental impairment.

Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said her office wants to ensure Campbell never gets released and will protest at his parole reviews.

"Campbell's crimes were extraordinarily heinous and vile," Ogg said.
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