One of the most important Catholics in the world said something important this week about the death penalty in America, and it wasn’t Pope Francis. Two days after the pope told a joint session of Congress that capital punishment should be abolished, Justice Antonin Scalia, one of six Catholics on the U.S. Supreme Court, speaking at a college in Tennessee, said he “wouldn’t be surprised” if his colleagues banned capital punishment. Continue reading
Should the Supreme Court care that other countries have abolished the death penalty?
That looming question animates Justice Stephen Breyer’s “The Court and the World,” a brisk but academic book that argues that it is relevant for the nation’s top judges to consider what other countries’ legal systems have decided when faced with difficult issues. Continue reading: Time
Richard Glossip is fighting for his life. I firmly believe, as do so many others, that Richard is innocent of the crime that sent him to Oklahoma’s death row. Richard was convicted of a murder for hire. The man who confessed to the murder, Justin Sneed, got a life sentence in a medium security prison while the self-serving testimony that saved Justin’s life sent Richard to death row.
Read more on Sister Helen Prejean’s website, and please contact Governor Mary Fallin of Oklahoma and ask her to stay Richard Glossip’s execution
Montez Spradley was quietly released from the Staton Correctional prison in Alabama late Friday after serving nine-and-one-half years in custody, and over three years on death row, for a murder he did not commit. Continue reading: The Marshall Project
State prosecutors have said in court documents that they will seek the death penalty for Dylann S. Roof, who is charged with the racially motivated murders of 9 people in a church in Charleston, S.C., The Associated Press reported Thursday.
After the June 17 massacre of black ministers and parishioners at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, it emerged that the suspect, Mr. Roof, 21, who is white, had expressed white supremacist views and hatred of black people.
Continue reading: The New York Times