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Death Penalty - Latest News
Sep 22, 2020 - 02:45 pm .- The Catholic bishops of the United States on Tuesday implored President Donald Trump to halt two federal executions set to take place this week.
Sep 6, 2020 - 04:00 am .- The Archbishop of Kansas City is calling for an end to the death penalty.
Aug 27, 2020 - 05:30 pm .- The U.S. bishops’ conference on Thursday criticized the federal government for its continued use of the death penalty, which the Justice Department resumed this summer after a 17-year moratorium on federal executions.
Aug 19, 2020 - 02:40 pm .- Joe Biden was officially nominated as the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential candidate on Tuesday evening. With the formalities over, what are the policies he will be running on?
Aug 19, 2020 - 03:00 am .- Catholics are speaking out on behalf of a Native American man on federal death row, who is set to be executed this month. The man’s tribe, the Navajo Nation, objects to the death sentence and has asked President Donald Trump to commute the sentence to life in prison.
Aug 4, 2020 - 02:35 pm .- After President Donald Trump said Sunday that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, perpetrator of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, should be put to death, the Archdiocese of Boston said justice calls for life in prison, not the death penalty.
Jul 30, 2020 - 12:17 am .- Catholic leaders in the Philippines have spoken out against President Rodrigo Duterte’s call to reinstate the death penalty for illegal drug use and other crimes.
Jul 16, 2020 - 02:00 pm .- The second of five federal prisoners slated for execution was killed in the early hours of Thursday, July 16. Wesley Ira Purkey was confessed to murdering a 16-year old girl. His lawyers argued he had dementia.
Jul 14, 2020 - 09:50 am .- The federal government executed its first federal inmate in 17 years on Tuesday, following numerous delays and requests for clemency from the family of the victims.
Jul 13, 2020 - 02:35 pm .- A federal court on Monday ordered a delay of the first scheduled federal execution in 17 years, along with other executions scheduled for this week, saying that the drug with which the federal court planned to commit the executions would likely cause extreme pain and suffering, in violation of the U.S. Constitution.
Jul 7, 2020 - 10:10 am .- Several U.S. bishops, along with clergy and religious brothers and sisters from around the country, have signed a statement opposing federal executions that are scheduled to resume this month.
Jul 1, 2020 - 06:43 pm .- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has asked the Trump administration to halt several scheduled executions after the Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from four death row inmates.
Jun 29, 2020 - 12:00 pm .- Federal executions are set to resume in the next two weeks after the Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to the new execution protocol on Monday. 
Jun 17, 2020 - 10:04 am .- The Supreme Court stayed the execution of a man in Texas after the state’s Department of Corrections refused to allow a Catholic priest to be with him in the final moments of his life.
May 28, 2020 - 03:00 am .- All of Florida’s death row inmates live in the Diocese of St. Augustine. Many are Catholic. At least twice a year St. Augustine’s Bishop Felipe Estevez goes to visit death row inmates himself.
May 20, 2020 - 12:45 pm .- Despite objections from Catholic groups, a Missouri death row inmate died by lethal injection May 19, in the first execution carried out in the United States since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Mar 6, 2020 - 05:00 pm .- Late Thursday evening, the state of Alabama executed 43 year-old Nathaniel Woods by lethal injection.
Feb 20, 2020 - 11:00 am .- Nicholas Sutton, 58, was sentenced to death in 1988 after he and another inmate murdered a fellow prisoner.
Jan 21, 2020 - 06:00 pm .- The number of Republican state lawmakers opposed to capital punishment is growing, a conservative group claims, as anti-death penalty activists look forward to continued momentum from the right on this issue in 2020. 
Jan 20, 2020 - 12:30 pm .- The U.S. bishops’ conference and the bishops of Florida are calling for a Florida death row inmate to be given a new trial, in light of evidence the bishops say suggests the inmate is actually innocent.

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