Interview with Doug Becker

Video 1 of Interview with Doug Becker

Video 2 of Interview with Doug Becker

Video 3 of Interview with Doug Becker

Video 4 of Interview with Doug Becker

Douglas Becker is an attorney in Austin who worked in the Attorney General's office in the early 1980's and argued multiple cases before the Fifth Circuit of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. In the first and second parts of his interview, he discusses the murder of his cousin, Jerry Walker, a Deputy Sheriff in Bexar County. He describes his career in the Court of Criminal Appeals and the Attorney General's office, including arguing Barefoot v. Estelle and Adams v. Texas, working during the first modern execution in Texas (of Charlie Brooks), and working with Attorney General Jim Mattox before going into private practice. In the second and third parts of his interview, he explains his role in the landmark prison reform case Ruiz v. Estelle, which he argued before the Fifth Circuit and for which he worked extensively with prison officials on issues such as the use of force, medical care, and overcrowding.

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