Brown, Jr. v. Stephens, No. 13-70030 (5th Cir. 2014)Annotate this Case
Petitioner, a Texas death row inmate, filed a state petition for clemency and his execution has been stayed by the Texas courts. Petitioner then moved the federal district court to allow funds to hire a mitigation specialist. The court affirmed the district court's denial of petitioner's motion where he had not demonstrated that the funds he requested for investigative services are reasonably necessary for clemency proceedings. Accordingly, the court did not abuse its discretion by denying the requested funds.