Pope Declares Death Penalty Inadmissible in All Cases

ROME — Pope Francis has declared the death penalty inadmissible in all cases because it is “an attack” on the “dignity of the person,” the Vatican announced on Thursday, in a definitive shift in Roman Catholic teaching that could put enormous pressure on lawmakers and politicians around the world.
Francis, who has spoken out against capital punishment before — including in 2015 in an address to Congress — added the change to the Catechism, the collection of beliefs for the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.
The revision says the church would work “with determination” for the abolition of capital punishment worldwide.
“I think this will be a big deal for the future of the death penalty in the world,” said John Thavis, a Vatican expert and author. “People who work with prisoners on death row will be thrilled, and I think this will become a banner social justice issue for the church,” he added.
Sergio D’Elia, the secretary of Hands Off Cain, an association that works to abolish capital puni…

Nebraska notifies death row inmate Carey Dean Moore of drugs it plans to use in execution

Potassium chloride
LINCOLN — Nebraska prison officials have notified another death row inmate they intend to carry out his execution using an untried combination of lethal drugs.

The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services said Friday it provided the execution notice to Carey Dean Moore, who shot and killed Omaha cabdrivers Reuel Van Ness and Maynard Helgeland in the summer of 1979.

The letter from Scott Frakes, the department’s director, informed Moore that it intends to use the following drugs in sequence: diazepam, fentanyl citrate, cisatracurium besylate and potassium chloride. They are the same drugs Frakes has said were obtained before a similar notice was given to death row inmate Jose Sandoval in November.

The state’s execution protocol requires inmates to be given notice of the drug at least 60 days before a death warrant is requested to carry out a lethal injection.

Attorney General Doug Peterson has not yet asked the Nebraska Supreme Court to issue a death warrant for Sandoval.

The four-drug combination Nebraska intends to use has not been used in any other lethal injection execution. Over the years, states have found it increasingly difficult to obtain execution drugs because manufacturers say they don’t want their products used in capital punishment.

Moore, 60, is the longest-serving inmate on Nebraska’s death row. Six times the Supreme Court has set execution dates for Moore, but each time the execution was stayed.

Twice Moore told the courts to disregard his appeals because he was ready to die. Both times, however, he changed his mind.

Source: BH News Service, Joe Duggan, January 19, 2018

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