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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…

Georgia: Stay lifted in Robert Earl Butts Jr. execution

Robert Earl Butts Jr.
Eighteen hours after stopping the scheduled execution of Robert Earl Butts Jr., the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles on Thursday lifted its own stay.

He is now set to die by lethal injection at 7 p.m. Friday, state Department of Corrections officials said.

In an unusual move, the parole board issued a 90-day stay Wednesday evening, saying it needed time to consider new information presented in a meeting with Butts’ lawyers. Butts, 40, had been set to die at 7 p.m. Thursday. 

Donovan Corey Parks, a correctional officer in Georgia, was murdered on March 28, 1996, while off duty. He was 25. His killers, Robert Earl Butts Jr.and Marion "Murdock" Wilson, are on death row.

“Knowing the gravity of its decisions, the board extended deliberations in order to consider supplemental information submitted during the meeting that members had not previously reviewed,” said spokesman Steve Hayes. 

“Completing that process, the Board voted to deny clemency.” 

Butts was convicted of murdering Donovan Corey Parks, an off-duty corrections officer, in 1996.

Butts, then 18, and Marion “Murdock” Wilson were sentenced to died in Baldwin County for shooting Parks in the back of the head with a sawed-off shotgun and then taking his 1992 Acura with hopes of selling it for parts.

Source: acj.com, Rondha Cook, May, 2018


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