The justice track at the 2014 Texas Tribune Festival featured panel discussions on criminal justice reform, the Texas Supreme Court, same-sex marriage and the death penalty. Listen to audio of each session here:
The "What's Next for Criminal Justice Reform?" panel, moderated by Marshall Project Editor-in-Chief Bill Keller, kicked things off for the track. Panelists included state Rep. Abel Herrero, exoneree and author Michael Morton, Texas Public Policy Foundation analyst Vikrant Reddy, state Rep. James White and Texas Criminal Justice Coalition Executive Director Ana Yáñez-Correa.
Up next was the "Inside the Texas Supreme Court" panel, moderated by Texas Lawyer Editor-in-Chief Heather Nevitt. Panelists included Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht and Justices Jeff Boyd, Jeff Brown, Paul Green, Eva Guzman, Debra Lehrman and Don Willett.
The "Texas vs. Same-Sex Marriage" panel was moderated by Tribune Editor Emily Ramshaw. The panel featured state Reps. Mary González and Matt Krause, Akin, Gump, Straus, Hauer & Feld Partner Daniel McNeel Lane Jr., Freedom to Marry Co-chairman Mark McKinnon and Texas Values President Jonathan Saenz.
The track's final panel, "The State of the Death Penalty," was moderated by Tribune Reporter Terri Langford. Featured panelists included Texas Innocence Network founder David R. Dow, state Sen. Rodney Ellis, Texas Defender Service Executive Director Kathryn Kase, Lubbock County District Attorney Matt Powell and Texas Prison Museum Director Jim Willett.