Tony Haughton was born Ashmore Park. During his childhood years in Wolverhampton Tony hung around with a local gang. He was constantly in fights and hooliganisingg at Wolves matches. At 18 Tony emigrated to the USA with his father, settling in Texas. He soon entered college and began his pursuit of a career in Law.
After graduating from a law school in Chicago Tony went to Washington DC where he worked as a public defender. After a visit to the Texas Resource Centre in Houston, Tony decided to do some work for the Centre, during a sabbatical.
His efforts in defending death-row convicts led to the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole suspending the death penalty for the first time in its history.