Supreme Court Halts Execution of Inmate Who Requested Prayer at His Death

Supreme Court Halts Execution of Inmate Who Requested Prayer at His Death

Supreme Court Halts Execution of Inmate Who Requested Prayer at His Death
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The eastern side of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington.

The court agreed to hear the case of John Henry Ramirez, who was scheduled to be executed, in its upcoming docket this fall.

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Florida | Attorneys for confessed Parkland gunman seeking life sentence rather than death penalty

Florida | Attorneys for confessed Parkland gunman seeking life sentence rather than death penalty

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Accused Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz virtually went before a judge on Wednesday as his attorneys prepare to defend his violent actions.Multiple attorneys for both the defense and prosecution went back and forth during the pre-trial hearing on several motions filed regarding Cruz and his upcoming trial.Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Cruz, who confessed to

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South Carolina | Donald Allen Jones dies on death row for 1983 killing in Lancaster

South Carolina | Donald Allen Jones dies on death row for 1983 killing in Lancaster

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For more than 3 decades, Donald Allen Jones, 60, lived on death row.He was never executed, but died Saturday, Aug. 21, in a Columbia hospital from a stroke, according to Richland County Coroner Naida Rutherford.Jones had been on death row since 1984 and was the state’s 2nd-longest serving inmate on death row.He was convicted in the 1983 shooting death of Ned Plyler in Lancaster County. Along with

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Utah legislature to consider ‘repeal and replace’ of death penalty

Utah legislature to consider ‘repeal and replace’ of death penalty

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SALT LAKE CITY — A bill to abolish the death penalty in Utah has been unveiled on Capitol Hill.The forthcoming legislation, sponsored by Rep. Lowry Snow and Sen. Dan McCay, would not be a flat-out repeal of capital punishment. Instead, it would "repeal and replace" the death penalty.Instead of execution, Utah would offer 45-years-to-life in prison, in addition to life without parole and

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Texas | Jury selection begins for father accused of murdering 2-year-old daughter

Texas | Jury selection begins for father accused of murdering 2-year-old daughter

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If convicted of capital murder, Yovahnis Roque could face life in prison or the death penalty.ORANGE, Texas — Jury selection for the trial of an Orange County father accused of killing his 2-year-old daughter is expected to begin Monday.More than two years after the murder of Savanna Roque, 2, took place, 28-year-old Yovahnis Roque is preparing to stand trial. Police said Roque used a hammer

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Taliban is Making Afghan Women and Girls Sex Slaves. And Feminists are Silent

Taliban is Making Afghan Women and Girls Sex Slaves. And Feminists are Silent

Twenty years ago, on Sept. 11, 2001, al-Qaeda, with the aid and blessing of Afghan Taliban leaders, planned and carried out the horrifying murder of almost 3,000 Americans. This was not the first attack planned and carried out against Americans by its leader Osama bin Laden—since-killed, courtesy of SEAL Team 6.

When our nation required the Taliban to turn over the perpetrators, it denied us justice. Therefore, appropriately, the U.S. military took care of business.

Every president since George W. Bush has tried to limit or end U.S. engagement in Afghanistan and Iraq. The U.S. has been drawing down troops since the Obama administration.

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Mississippi | Mum spends 3 years on death row after coming home to find her baby dead

Mississippi | Mum spends 3 years on death row after coming home to find her baby dead

Sabrina Butler-Smith, 50, from Mississippi, was branded a ‘child killer’ and had to fight other inmates in prison before she was finally exonerated of killing her son WalterA mother spent almost 3 years on death row before she was finally exonerated of killing her baby son.Sabrina Butler-Smith was just 17-years-old when she came back from a run to find her boy Walter dead in their apartment in

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Texas | Execution date set for Fort Worth man convicted of killing pregnant woman and son

Texas | Execution date set for Fort Worth man convicted of killing pregnant woman and son

Stephen Barbee was sentenced to death for the killing of Lisa Underwood and her son, Jayden. Following an appeal, Barbee is now set to be executed on Oct. 12.A Fort Worth man convicted of killing a pregnant woman and her 7-year-old son — who had his first execution date delayed in 2019 — is now scheduled to be executed on Oct. 12.Stephen Barbee, 54, was found guilty of the murders of Lisa

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Taliban will ‘weed out and exterminate’ LGBT+ people in Afghanistan, warns exiled gay author

Taliban will ‘weed out and exterminate’ LGBT+ people in Afghanistan, warns exiled gay author

Taliban will ‘weed out and exterminate’ LGBT+ people in Afghanistan, warns exiled gay authorGay Afghan author Nemat Sadat has warned that the Taliban will “weed out and exterminate” the LGBT+ community in Afghanistan following their seismic takeover.There has been significant concern for the safety and wellbeing of women, girls and LGBT+ people in Afghanistan after the extremist militant group

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USA | 17 Democratic senators urge Attorney General Merrick Garland to stop seeking the federal death penalty

USA | 17 Democratic senators urge Attorney General Merrick Garland to stop seeking the federal death penalty

A group of Senate Democrats on Monday urged Attorney General Merrick Garland to stop seeking federal executions, writing in a letter that “it’s time to end the federal death penalty.”The 17 lawmakers, led by Sens. Dick Durbin of Illinois, Patrick Leahy of Vermont, and Cory Booker of New Jersey, asked Garland to withdraw all pending death notices and forbid issuing new death notices while the

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The lawyer who saved 1,000 from the noose

"30 years of visiting death row clients has taught me that these are vulnerable, damaged people, often with severe mental illness — while most have not had fair trials.”Saul Lehrfreund admits that last Friday was unusually rewarding. “When I went to work that morning, Sierra Leone still had the death penalty and there were 80 or 90 prisoners on death row,” he says. “When I left the office that

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Georgia | Seeking death penalty in Fulton County against accused spa shooter could potentially lead to years of court hearings

Georgia | Seeking death penalty in Fulton County against accused spa shooter could potentially lead to years of court hearings

Death penalty sentences are rare in the state. There are only 40 prisoners currently on death row in Georgia from cases dating back to 1976.ATLANTA — Robert Aaron Long was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Tuesday for the killings four people at a Cherokee County spa in March.The sentencing came as part of a plea deal. Long’s attorneys approached the Cherokee County

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10 facts about the death penalty in the U.S.

10 facts about the death penalty in the U.S.

Most U.S. adults support the death penalty for people convicted of murder, according to an April 2021 Pew Research Center survey. At the same time, majorities believe the death penalty is not applied in a racially neutral way, does not deter people from committing serious crimes and does not have enough safeguards to prevent an innocent person from being executed.Use of the death penalty has

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Oklahoma | Death-row inmate Jimmy Dean Harris dies of natural causes at 64

Oklahoma | Death-row inmate Jimmy Dean Harris dies of natural causes at 64

An Oklahoma death row inmate who was fighting to overturn his death sentence for a 1999 killing in Oklahoma City has diedOKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma death row inmate who was fighting to overturn his death sentence for a 1999 killing in Oklahoma City has died.Jimmy Dean Harris, 64, died June 29 at a hospital from long-term health problems, The Oklahoman reported.Harris was sentenced to death

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After Campaigning Against Death Penalty, Biden Admin Seeks Execution of Boston Marathon Bomber

After Campaigning Against Death Penalty, Biden Admin Seeks Execution of Boston Marathon Bomber

Advocates say the president could eliminate the use of the death penalty by commuting all federal death row sentences.Capital punishment opponents called on President Joe Biden to take executive action to eliminate the use of the federal death penalty after his Justice Department said the penalty should be reinstated in the case of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Biden’s election last November

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Alabama “Nearing Completion” of Death Chamber for Nitrogen Hypoxia Executions

Alabama “Nearing Completion” of Death Chamber for Nitrogen Hypoxia Executions

As South Carolina and Arizona prepare to resume executions using gruesome methods of the past, Alabama prosecutors say the state is nearly ready to perform executions using a new, untested method, nitrogen hypoxia.In court filings on June 8, 2021, in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, the Alabama Attorney General’s office said the Alabama Department of Corrections “is

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USA | Carlos DeLuna Documentary Details Evidence That Texas Executed ‘Innocent’ Man

USA | Carlos DeLuna Documentary Details Evidence That Texas Executed ‘Innocent’ Man

On December 7, 1989, Carlos DeLuna was executed by the state of Texas for the brutal murder of a convenience store clerk named Wanda Lopez. But from the moment he was arrested at age 20 until his dying breath, DeLuna maintained he was an innocent man.He did not stab Lopez, he said, but he knew who did: a friend named Carlos Hernandez, a violent criminal who looked so much like DeLuna that even

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Arizona To Execute Prisoners With The Same Gas Used At Auschwitz

Arizona To Execute Prisoners With The Same Gas Used At Auschwitz

An American state is planning to execute prisoners with a lethal gas the Nazis used at Auschwitz, a British newspaper has revealed.Hydrogen cyanide, also known as Zyklon B, was the lethal gas used by the Nazis at Auschwitz and other extermination camps.Arizona state has already renovated a gas chamber that has not been used since 1991, according to an investigation by The Guardian.Critics say the

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South Carolina | Where’s the Christianity in electric chair, firing squads?

South Carolina | Where’s the Christianity in electric chair, firing squads?

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster recently signed legislation that would allow the state to execute people by firing squad or the electric chair if chemicals used for lethal injections are not available. The death-row inmate would be able to choose between the other two options. It is sad that the US remains the one western nation still dedicated to this archaic practice. It is also particularly

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USA | Death penalty cases in Arizona cost  to  million per inmate, expert says

USA | Death penalty cases in Arizona cost $3 to $4 million per inmate, expert says

TUCSON (KVOA) – Just this week, it was announced death row inmate Frank Jarvis Atwood had exhausted his appeals. The Arizona attorney general is now seeking an execution warrant.And also just a few days ago, it was announced that Christopher Clements accused of killing two young Tucson girls will not be facing the death penalty.Two cases, 30 years apart. And there are similarities.Frank Jarvis

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Texas | Woman Who Witnessed Around 300 Executions Reveals The Inmates’ Last Words That Have Stayed With Her

Texas | Woman Who Witnessed Around 300 Executions Reveals The Inmates’ Last Words That Have Stayed With Her

Michelle Lyons was 22 years old when she first witnessed an execution by the state of Texas.As a young journalist for The Huntsville Item, she was required to cover all aspects of crime and policing, including the administering of the death penalty to criminals deemed beyond rehabilitation.After a while, she jumped across to the other side of the fence and became the official spokesperson for the

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USA | Mississippi man charged with capital murder in death of one child, abuse of another

USA | Mississippi man charged with capital murder in death of one child, abuse of another

A Mississippi man already serving time for a 2014 shooting death could now face the death penalty for abusing and killing his 7-month-old daughter in 2012.Jimmy Senter is accused of killing his daughter while abusing her.Prentiss County officials said that although their initial investigation in 2012 led investigators to believe that Senter was responsible for the girl’s death, they did not seek

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‘Resurrection,’ March 27, Discovery+

‘Resurrection,’ March 27, Discovery+

NEW YORK (CNS) — Viewers will get an early Easter treat when “Resurrection” (MGM), the latest project from executive producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, becomes available on the streaming service Discovery+ March 27.

Though its tone is sometimes overheated, this is a handsomely done dramatization of the most essential period in human history.

The narrative covers the death, rising and ascension of Jesus (Juan Pablo Di Pace) as well as the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Writer Simon Block and director Ciaran Donnelly examine the impact of these events both on the followers of Jesus and on his opponents.

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USA | Virginia Governor Signs Law Abolishing The Death Penalty, A 1st In The South

USA | Virginia Governor Signs Law Abolishing The Death Penalty, A 1st In The South

On Wednesday, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed a bill into law abolishing the death penalty in the state after the Democratic-controlled legislature passed the measure late last month.”It is the moral thing to do to end the death penalty in the Commonwealth of Virginia,” said the governor.Northam, a Democrat, held the ceremonial bill signing at the Greensville Correctional Center just outside

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Virginia Governor may have abolished death penalty, but still believes in born alive abortions.

Virginia Governor may have abolished death penalty, but still believes in born alive abortions.

Restating the Respect for Life belief that “All human life is sacred, from conception to natural death – is directly opposed to hypocrites like this Governor who abolished the death penalty, but still believes in abortions after birth.

EDITORS OPINION: Continuing to vote for politicians, who support abortion goes completely against the teachings of the Catholic / Christian faith, and one way to prevent the horror of abortion is to vote for Pro Life Candidates.

Please review the following links, the first restates the Catholic Church teaching on Non Negotiable moral issues, and the second gives more information on governor Northern.… Read More “Virginia Governor may have abolished death penalty, but still believes in born alive abortions.”