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Pope Declares Death Penalty Inadmissible in All Cases

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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…

California: Cop killer applauds jury for giving him death penalty

Luis Bracamontes
Jurors left a Sacramento courthouse in tears after they recommended giggling cop killer Luis Bracamontes be sentenced to death for the slaying of two California officers.

Bracamontes cheered when a jury in February convicted him for the 2014 murders of Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver and Placer Sheriff’s Detective Michael Davis Jr. He was also found guilty of attempted murder, carjacking, weapons violations and other crimes.

Bracamontes, who is an undocumented Mexican immigrant, has repeatedly confessed his guilt and has even requested the death penalty amid his dozens of courtroom outbursts.

He spent the bulk of his trial with a grin on his face, at times breaking into fits of giggles as prosecutors described his violent tear on Oct. 24, 2014.

Investigators said Bracamontes and his wife, Janelle Marquez Monroy, led police on six-hour car chase through Placer County and into Auburn, where the deadly spree came to a violent end.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Steve White on Friday sentenced Monroy to nearly 50 years behind bars for the role she played in her husband’s day-long crime spree.

The cop killer maintained his giddy demeanor on Tuesday, when jurors handed him the death penalty after nearly four hours of deliberation. Bracamontes laughed when he learned his fate, locking eyes with Oliver’s mother — who grinned back, unfazed, CBS 13 reported.

Oliver’s sister, Phyllis Sylvia, dismissed Bracamontes and his offensive courtroom behavior.

“He’s a coward,” she said.

Bracamontes’ case was thrust into the spotlight by President Trump, who featured the convicted killer in an ad in January. It took aim at Democrats for being “complicit” in the murders of law enforcement officers by those in the country illegally.

Source: Sun Sentinel, Jessica Schladebeck, March 29, 2018


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