After Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced his intention to execute eight death row inmates in ten days later this month, lawyers, church officials and former correctional officers have been mobilizing.
The U.S. Supreme Court sent a Texas death-row case back to lower courts March 28, saying the inmate's intellectual disability should prevent his execution. The court's 5-3 decision reversed a Texas appeals court ruling that said inmate Bobby James Moore was not intellectually disabled based on state criteria and could face execution.
Philippine House passes measure to reinstate death penalty: "Certainly we are for the campaign against drugs, and we know drugs can have very serious harmful effects on families," said Archbishop Antonio Ledesma of Cagayan de Oro. "But also we would like to say that drug offenders should not be subject to the death penalty, because it's not a humane and Christian way of dealing with the problem."
Efforts have fallen short to procedurally "blast" a bill to end the death penalty onto Montana's House floor for full consideration, after a March 1 deadline passed.
Review: I brought to the Washington National Opera my own sense that Sr. Helen Prejean had misplaced her sympathy. I came away with many questions to ponder.
The Kansas legislature is currently deliberating on a bill that aims to abolish the death penalty in the state and replace it with life imprisonment without parole.
An earlier-than-expected vote of the Montana House Judiciary Committee on Feb. 10 has tabled a bill to end the death penalty.
We say: Recent cases bolster arguments that the Supreme Court should reconsider not only its ruling on midazolam, but on all executions, no matter what methods are used.
Philippine cardinal on death penalty: "The death penalty has not reduced crime because it does not solve criminality from its roots," Manila Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle said. "To help solve these roots of criminality, the church and the state need to protect and strengthen the basic unit of society, which is the family."
Bishops call for state of Georgia to drop death penalty in case of accused priest killer: Steven J. Murray is accused of killing Fr. Rene Robert, a priest of the diocese of St. Augustine, Fla. District Attorney Ashley Wright said she would seek the death penalty against Murray despite pleas for a life sentence from the church and Robert himself.