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Texas: With a man's execution days away, his victims react with fury or forgiveness

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For the past 3 months, Christopher Anthony Young has awoken in his 10-by-6 foot concrete cell on death row and had to remind himself: He's scheduled to die soon.
As the day crept closer, the thought became more constant for Young, who's sentenced to die for killing Hasmukh "Hash" Patel in 2004.
"What will it feel like to lay on the gurney?" he asks himself. "To feel the needle pierce my vein?"
Mitesh Patel, who was 22 when Young murdered his father, has anxiously anticipated those moments, as well. He wonders how he will feel when he files into the room adjacent to the death chamber and sees Young just feet away through a glass wall.
For years, Patel felt a deep hatred for Young. He wanted to see him die. Patel knew it wouldn't bring his father back. But it was part of the process that started 14 years ago when Young, then 21, gunned down Hash Patel during a robbery at Patel's convenience store on the Southeast Side of San Antonio.
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Virginia: Hundreds of faith leaders call for veto of "electric chair" bill

Three local faith leaders are among more than 300 who are calling on Governor Terry McAuliffe to veto the "electric chair" bill.

House Bill 815 says that if lethal injection cannot be used to execute an inmate because of a lack of the necessary drugs, then the inmate shall be executed by electrocution.

According to a release, the group of interfaith clergy says it believes "the death penalty is wrong, ineffective, born of a mistaken conception of justice."

Reverend Eric Liles, Reverend Joshua Andrzejewski and Reverend Diana Brawley are among the hundreds of faith leaders calling on McAuliffe to veto the bill.

"At the heart of the Christian faith is a belief in redemption and a rejection of cruelty. Resurrecting a brutal killing machine such as the electric chair violates these values," said Richard Cizik, President of the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good in Fredericksburg. "Gov. McAuliffe has no moral choice but to veto this bill."

Pope Francis has spoken on the Catholic Church's opposition to the death penalty, saying it shouldn't be used no matter how serious the crime that was committed.

He also proclaimed 2016 the Year of Mercy.

The faith leaders are urging McAuliffe to honor the teachings of his Catholic faith, which says execution by the state would violate the sanctity of life.

Source: newsplex.com, April 8, 2016

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