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Death penalty a “gateway issue”

“Burnett considers the death penalty a ‘gateway issue’ that can inform social policy on other issues, such as gun violence, the Black Lives Matter movement and regard for the poor.”

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Evangelicals step back from supporting death penalty

The National Association of Evangelicals has released a statement that changes – somewhat – its formerly pro-death-sentence stance, recognizing that many of the millions of members of “more than 45,000 local churches from nearly 40 different denominations”* it represents are still in favor of it while at the same time recognizing that the justice system is imperfect, as evidenced in

eyewitness error, coerced confessions, prosecutorial misconduct, racial disparities, incompetent counsel, inadequate instruction to juries, judges who override juries that do not […]

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Oklahoma execution halted

The Washington Post and other news outlets are reporting that Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has temporarily halted the execution of Richard Glossip, the second of six executions scheduled over five days, beginning with Kelly Gissendaner’s execution early this morning in Georgia.

Glossip’s execution had been scheduled for 3 p.m. He had asked the U.S. Supreme Court to halt the execution, arguing that more time was needed to allow officials to review new evidence in the case, but the justices rejected his request shortly before […]

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Kelly Gissendaner (1968-2015)

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has reported that Kelly Gissendaner was executed by lethal injection at 12:21 a.m., despite pleas from her children, clergy, protesters and Pope Francis, after the Georgia Board of Paroles and Pardons and the U.S. Supreme Court both denied clemency.

From The Atlantic:

Doug Gissendaner’s parents and siblings support her death sentence, but his children asked the parole board not to execute their mother for her role in their father’s murder.

“My dad would not want my mom to be executed, […]

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to forgive, divine

In the Magazine this month we’re exploring forgiveness. In this article, Deacon Tom English reflects on its absence on the criminal justice system and how we might begin to make the decision for forgiveness in reflection of God’s mercy

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Nebraska: Governor’s veto overturned, death penalty abolished

Nebraska’s lawmakers have made it clear to Governor Pete Ricketts: The death penalty is abolished. In a 30-19 vote (30 was needed for the overturn), Ricketts’ veto of the legislature’s first vote to abolish the death penalty and replace it with life imprisonment was overturned.

This is not the first time Nebraska has been in conflict over the same issue, reports National Public Radio:

Nebraska is the first Republican-controlled state in the U.S. to repeal the death penalty since North Dakota in 1973. […]

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Religious perspectives on the death sentence of Dzhokar Tsarnaev

AP Photo: Bombing victim leaving the hospital

The Boston Globe reports that religious leaders in Boston are conflicted on the sentence for Dzhokar Tsarnaev. Tsarnaev was found guilty on all counts for the Boston Marathon bombing and was sentenced to death last week by a federal jury.

Catholic, evangelical, and congregational faith leaders largely rejected the death penalty, but churchgoers and some leaders expressed conflicted feelings around the juror’s decision.

From the article:

“You don’t want to see another life gone, but when you know […]

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