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In the Bible Belt, Christmas Isn’t Coming to Death Row

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When it comes to the death penalty, guilt or innocence shouldn’t really matter to Christians.  

NASHVILLE — Until August, Tennessee had not put a prisoner to death in nearly a decade. Last Thursday, it performed its third execution in four months.
This was not a surprising turn of events. In each case, recourse to the courts had been exhausted. In each case Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican, declined to intervene, though there were many reasons to justify intervening. Billy Ray Irick suffered from psychotic breaks that raised profound doubts about his ability to distinguish right from wrong. Edmund Zagorksi’s behavior in prison was so exemplary that even the warden pleaded for his life. David Earl Miller also suffered from mental illness and was a survivor of child abuse so horrific that he tried to kill himself when he was 6 years old.
Questions about the humanity of Tennessee’s lethal-injection protocol were so pervasive following the execution of Mr. Irick that both Mr. Zagorski and M…

Philippines: Pacquiao to resume death penalty hearing this month

Senator Manny Pacquiao
The Senate will resume this month its hearings on the revival of the death penalty through a subcommittee to be headed by Sen. Manny Pacquiao, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III said on Monday.

Pimentel made it clear that he made the decision not because House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez had criticized the upper chamber for not acting on the death penalty proposal.

He said he had asked Pacquiao, an advocate of the death penalty, to resume the hearings as early as October last year.

Pimentel explained that the death penalty hearings were being handled by the Senate justice committee, headed by Sen. Richard Gordon, who in turn designated Pacquiao to lead the subcommittee.

But Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said the revival of the death penalty measure was not part of the common legislative agenda.

“I am not aware of any change in the priority list that we have agreed with the House,” Drilon said. 

Source: inquirer.net, Christine O. Avendaño, January 9, 2018


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