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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…

New Mexico may execute 2 long after death-penalty repeal

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's Supreme Court is weighing whether the state's two remaining death row inmates still can be executed after the state's abolition of capital punishment.

Oral arguments were scheduled for Tuesday in the appeal of death sentences against Robert Fry and Timothy Allen for convictions in two brutal killings.

New Mexico repealed the death penalty for future murderers without canceling death sentences against Fry and Allen.

Attorneys for Fry say the execution no longer fits his crimes, while the state attorney general's office says it still is appropriate.

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in 2014 on whether the sentences against Fry and Allen are constitutional. 

The court ordered further briefings on whether execution is disproportionate to their crimes.

New Mexico's last execution was in 2001 against child-killer Terry Clark.

Source: The Telegraph, Associated Press, April 10, 2018


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