Title: Governor Rick Perry General Counsel execution files
Description: These are execution files that the Office of the General Counsel for Texas Governor Rick Perry created to track the cases of death row inmates and document actions by the courts and the governor through appeals, requests for stays of execution, or clemency. The files consist of execution summaries by the governor's general counsel and summaries by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles (BPP) (or by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for the BPP), memos and correspondence, clemency petitions, affidavits, court documents, notes, records from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice inmate files, Texas Department of Public Safety criminal history records, news clippings, case summaries from the South Western Reporter or similar court reports, citations from online legal sources, video tapes, and internal office files for General Counsel staff. Dates covered are 1970-2014, bulk 1992-2014. This series includes both paper and electronic record types.
Citation information: (Identify the item and cite the series), Texas Governor Rick Perry General Counsel execution files. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Arrangement: These records are organized into two series: Execution case files, 1970-2014; Administrative records and reports, 2001-2012.
Copyright information: Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).
Access restrictions: Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to: social security numbers (Texas Government Code, Section 552.147); common law privacy (Texas Government Code, Section 552.101); names of recipients of social services (Texas Human Resources Code, Title 2, Section 12.003 and/or Texas Government Code, Section 552.101); personal email addresses (Texas Government Code, Section 552.137); driver's license numbers (Texas Government Code, Section 552.130); names of juvenile offenders (Texas Family Code, Section 58.005 and/or Texas Government Code, Section 552.101); names of victims of sexual assaults (Texas Government Code, Section 552.101); criminal histories prepared by the Texas Department of Public Safety, information about inmates incarcerated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice received from the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, and information created by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (Texas Government Code, Section 552.101 (information confidential by law, Texas Government Code, Section 508.313)); grand jury records (Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Article 20.02); juror information (Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Article 35.29), crime victim impact statement (Texas Government Code, Section 552.1325); autopsy photographs (Texas Code of Criminal Procedures, Article 49.25 [989a]); agency memoranda (Texas Government Code, Section 552.111); attorney client privilege (Texas Government Code, Section 552.107) and psychiatric evaluations (Health and Safety Code, Section 611.002), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (Texas Government Code, Chapter 552).
Size or duration: 38 cubic ft. and 79.2 MB (50 files)