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Death Penalty - Latest News
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Oct 10, 2019 - 03:00 pm .- The death penalty is outdated and promotes a culture of violence, three bishops said during a livestream conversation on Oct. 10, marked as World Day Against the Death Penalty.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26, 2019 - 07:25 pm .- The Supreme Court of North Carolina is set to hear the case of six death row inmates who say a repealed state law should still allow them to be resentenced to life without parole, since they were able to successfully demonstrate that racial bias was a factor in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.
Jul 30, 2019 - 10:15 am .- Catholic leaders have condemned the federal government’s announcement last week that it will resume of executions after an almost two decade-long hiatus.
Jul 25, 2019 - 09:41 am .- The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) will resume executions after an almost two-decade lapse, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Thursday.
May 21, 2019 - 05:38 pm .- The Catholic bishops of Florida are calling on the state’s governor to spare the life of Bobby Joe Long, a convicted serial killer who is scheduled to be executed on Thursday.
May 8, 2019 - 11:00 am .- Senate Bill 112 would have added a question to the next state-wide ballot proposing a constitutional amendment to abolish the death penalty.
Apr 5, 2019 - 12:17 am .- The state of Texas has banned all prison chaplains from its execution chamber, following a Supreme Court decision that halted the execution of a Buddist man who was denied the presence of his chaplain.
Mar 7, 2019 - 06:01 pm .- As a measure to repeal Colorado’s death penalty passed a Senate committee this week, the Colorado Catholic Conference has expressed support for the bill.
Mar 5, 2019 - 05:32 pm .- A bishop in the Philippines is speaking out against the death penalty of a Filipino woman who has been condemned to death in Saudi Arabia.
Feb 19, 2019 - 03:29 pm .- In a ruling released Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court threw out the death penalty sentence of a Texas inmate whom the court found to be intellectually disabled.
Feb 19, 2019 - 03:27 am .- Three U.S. bishops have called on the Supreme Court to take up the case of a death row inmate in Georgia whose sentence may have been prejudiced by the racism of a juror.
Feb 14, 2019 - 12:54 pm .- The South Korean bishops’ conference has called for an end to the death penalty, and asked the nation’s Constitutional Court to consider whether capital punishment violates South Korea’s constitution.