- Apr 17, 2021
Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller of San Antonio is the latest bishop calling for the Trump Administration to stop carrying out federal executions before the presidential term ends.
A move by the Department of Justice to expand how it carries out federal death sentences — to include electrocution, gas or firing squads along with lethal injections –was sharply criticized by Catholic anti-death penalty activists.
Late Thursday, Orlando Hall was put to death for abducting and killing the teenager, Lisa Rene.
Ahead of the execution of Orlando Hall that was scheduled for Nov. 19, and two more federal executions scheduled to take place in December, two U.S. bishops’ committee chairmen called on the government to end this practice.
A Catholic chaplain to Florida’s death-row inmates used a virtual forum to focus on his most significant lifetime pursuit — raising awareness about the wrongness of America’s use of the death penalty.
A Tennessee death-row inmate scheduled to be executed Dec. 3 was granted a reprieve until April 9 by the state’s Republican governor, due to COVID-19.
Tennessee’s bishops have urged the state’s Republican governor, Bill Lee, to stop the upcoming execution of a Tennessee inmate on death row, saying: “Carrying out this execution does not serve the cause of justice.”
It’s one thing to read about mistakes and wrongdoing in the criminal justice system, especially when it comes to death penalty cases, but it’s quite another thing to hear firsthand from someone who had been in prison for 12 years, including nearly 10 years on death row, for a crime he didn’t commit.