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Death Penalty - Latest News
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.
Jan 15, 2020 - 12:16 am .- Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City has announced his support for state legislation that would remove the death penalty from consideration in capital cases.
Dec 19, 2019 - 12:03 am .- As support for the death penalty decreases in the U.S., so does the number of inmates executed by the states, said a new report this week.
Nov 30, 2019 - 04:59 pm .- For the first time in more than three decades, a majority of Americans favor life imprisonment without parole over the death penalty as a punishment for murder.
Nov 21, 2019 - 04:01 pm .- A federal judge on Wednesday issued a preliminary injunction halting federal executions in the U.S., saying that a challenge to the proposed execution method should be given time to receive a court ruling.
Nov 5, 2019 - 06:00 pm .- The Texas Conference of Catholic Bishops have called for the Gov. Greg Abbott to delay or cancel the execution of Rodney Reed, a convicted murderer who maintains his innocence. 
Oct 23, 2019 - 12:26 am .- The Catholic bishops of Florida have called on Governor Ron DeSantis to halt the scheduled execution of James Dailey, who is on death row for murder in a controversial case from nearly 35 years ago.
Oct 10, 2019 - 03:00 pm .- The death penalty is outdated and promotes a culture of violence, three bishops said during a livestream conversation on Oct. 10, marked as World Day Against the Death Penalty. 
Sep 24, 2019 - 02:00 pm .- The Virginia Catholic Conference has spoken in support of a lawsuit demanding that the public be able to view the entirety of the execution process in capital cases.
Aug 26, 2019 - 07:25 pm .- The Supreme Court of North Carolina is set to hear the case of six death row inmates who say a repealed state law should still allow them to be resentenced to life without parole, since they were able to successfully demonstrate that racial bias was a factor in their death sentences.
Aug 21, 2019 - 09:30 am .- The Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops is pleading for Gov. Ron DeSantis to stop the execution of Gary Ray Bowles, who confessed to murdering six men during a six month period in 1994.

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