CNA: "A proposed California ballot initiative to require parental notification for abortions and another initiative to end the death penalty both won the support of the state’s Catholic bishops, who say the proposals will bring “common sense, compassion and prudent justice” to public policy."
Sister Helen Prejean: "Today, the Pope made one of his strongest statements in support of the elimination of the death penalty. He was addressing the members of the wonderful Catholic Sant’Egidio Community on the theme “No Justice Without Life”, when he said that he supports political actions around the world aimed at eliminating the death … Continue reading The Pope’s strong stance against the death penalty
The Oregonian: "With his announcement, Oregon becomes the latest of five states to abolish or back away from the death penalty. New York's highest court ruled the death penalty statute unconstitutional in 2004. New Jersey repealed its death penalty law in 2007. New Mexico followed suit two years later. And Illinois abolished it earlier this … Continue reading Gov. John Kitzhaber places a moratorium on all executions in Oregon
Catholic Moral Theology: "Therefore, in concert with our recent popes and bishops, we oppose the death penalty, whether a person on death row is guilty or innocent, on both theological and practical grounds. While we especially deplore and lament the killing of Troy Davis, we also decry the death sentences of the more than 3,200 … Continue reading A Catholic Call to Abolish the Death Penalty
ABC News: "Troy Davis was executed this evening after the U.S. Supreme Court denied a last-minute stay of execution."
James Acker: "Troy Davis, scheduled to be executed next week in Georgia for the murder of off-duty police officer Mark MacPhail, could be a capital error that is about to happen. Davis was convicted and sentenced to death more than 20 years ago by a jury that heard testimony from at least nine witnesses who … Continue reading Davis case helps focus on what's wrong with death penalty
NY Times: "Gov. John Kasich of Ohio postponed for a month the state’s next execution. The decision is an admission that Ohio’s management of the death penalty is broken and further proof that the machinery of death cannot be operated responsibly anywhere."
Huffington Post: "The study, conducted over three years by a senior federal judge and a law professor, estimates that the 13 executions California has carried out in the past three decades have cost an average of $308 million each in legal fees and death row security costs. According to the L.A. Times, a death penalty … Continue reading California Death Penalty Costs State $184 Million A Year