Tag: Death penalty

Catholic leaders denounce court’s rejection of federal death penalty appeal

Catholic leaders denounce court’s rejection of federal death penalty appeal

| Carol Zimmermann | June 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

When the Supreme Court announced June 29 that it would not hear an appeal by federal death-row inmates challenging the method to be used in their upcoming executions, a longtime advocate against capital punishment said the court “abdicated its legal and moral responsibilities.”

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Court sends death penalty case back for review, cites bad counsel

Court sends death penalty case back for review, cites bad counsel

| Carol Zimmermann | June 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Supreme Court sent a death penalty case back to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals for further review June 15, saying the death-row inmate had not been given sufficient legal counsel.

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Setting of execution dates for federal death-row prisoners denounced

Setting of execution dates for federal death-row prisoners denounced

| Mark Pattison | June 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

Critics of the death penalty denounced the decision June 15 by Attorney General William Barr to set execution dates for four federal prisoners on death row.

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Catholic leaders praise Colorado’s repeal of death penalty

Catholic leaders praise Colorado’s repeal of death penalty

| Carol Zimmermann | March 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Catholic leaders praised Colorado Gov. Jared Polis for signing a death penalty repeal bill into law March 23, making Colorado the 22nd state to abolish the death penalty.

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Most Americans support life in prison over death penalty, says new poll

Most Americans support life in prison over death penalty, says new poll

| Carol Zimmermann | November 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

Most Americans support life imprisonment over the death penalty, according to a Gallup poll released Nov. 24, revealing a shift in the majority opinion on this issue for the first time in 34 years.

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Tone somber at prayer vigil for those facing execution in weeks ahead

Tone somber at prayer vigil for those facing execution in weeks ahead

| Natalie Hoefer | November 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

Nearly 100 people were bathed in light as they gathered for a prayer vigil at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Terre Haute, not far from the Federal Correctional Complex.

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Federal court grants Florida death-row inmate temporary stay

Federal court grants Florida death-row inmate temporary stay

| Jean Gonzalez | October 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

James Dailey, a prisoner who has been on Florida’s death row for more than three decades and who has maintained his innocence, was granted a temporary stay of execution Oct. 23.

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Journalist talks about reconciling faith and career of covering executions

Journalist talks about reconciling faith and career of covering executions

| Jo Ann Zuniga | October 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

Michael Graczyk, a parishioner at a Catholic church in Montgomery County, Texas, has personally witnessed more than 400 executions of Texas inmates in death penalty cases in his career as a journalist.

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Indiana bishops want decision to resume federal death penalty rescinded

Indiana bishops want decision to resume federal death penalty rescinded

| Carol Zimmermann | October 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

In an Oct. 4 statement, the Catholic bishops of Indiana said the federal government’s decision this past summer to end a 16-year moratorium on executing federal inmates is “regrettable, unnecessary and morally unjustified.”

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Sister Prejean tells how she ‘woke up’ to injustices nearly 40 years ago

Sister Prejean tells how she ‘woke up’ to injustices nearly 40 years ago

| Carol Zimmermann | September 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Sister Helen Prejean, the well-known advocate for the abolition of the death penalty, was not always doing this work. It came out of her “waking up,” as she put it, to capital punishment’s injustice.

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Catholic leaders object to reinstatement of federal death penalty

Catholic leaders object to reinstatement of federal death penalty

| Carol Zimmermann | July 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

The July 25 announcement by the Justice Department that it is reinstating the federal death penalty for the first time in 16 years was unwelcome news for Catholic leaders who have advocated against capital punishment.

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Mercy sisters honored for efforts to help New Hampshire end death penalty

Mercy sisters honored for efforts to help New Hampshire end death penalty

| July 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

A group of Mercy sisters has been honored by the New Hampshire Coalition Against the Death Penalty for the key role they played in making New Hampshire the 21st state in the country to abolish the death penalty.

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