Despite the recent controversy over lethal injection drugs in Ohio and Louisiana, Missouri is forging ahead with the execution of convicted killer Michael A. Taylor.
Peace & Justice
In light of the proposed death penalty for 20-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, "Jesus weeps ... again" at the injustice, the Conference of Major Superiors of Men said in a statement Wednesday.
"Christ calls us to love our enemies and travel the long, difficult, but humanizing and liberating road to reconciliation," the conference said.
The CMSM statement came in response to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announcing the federal government will seek the death penalty against Tsarnaev, currently being held in federal prison for his alleged role in the Boston Marathon attacks.
An appeals court in Hanoi today upheld the sentence given to a jailed Catholic lawyer, who is on hunger strike, while international human rights groups called on Vietnam to release him.
The People’s Supreme Court upheld the jail term of 30 months for lawyer and dissident Joseph Le Quoc Quan for charges of tax evasion. His firm was also fined 1.29 billion dong (approximately US $61,000), local sources said.
Attorney Ha Huy Son, who supported Quan in court, told the BBC’s Vietnamese section that he “is disappointed by the appeal court’s decision that has been approved.”
Three Catholic anti-war activists, including an 84-year-old nun, were sentenced to federal prison terms Tuesday for sabotage and destruction of government property.
According to BBC Africa, another round of violence has broken out in South Sudan, bringing more uncertainty to those living and serving there. Today’s letter comes from Lasallian Br. Bill Firman, who is the executive director of Solidarity with South Sudan.
Opinion: The suffering of Dennis McGuire during his execution made me think of the potential execution of my godson, David Paul Hammer.
Standing in a row holding white tapers, 12 men and women publicly committed to promote peace in their lives and through their relationships with others.
Michael A. Taylor, a 47-year-old inmate at the Missouri state prison in Bonne Terre, Mo., is set to be executed Feb. 26, though the means of the execution officially remain a secret.
NCR Today: Twelve anti-drone activists will spend 15 days in jail for blocking an entryway to the Hancock Field Air National Guard Base.
A Louisiana man's execution scheduled for Feb. 5 is on hold until April due to the controversial two-drug cocktail the state planned to kill him with.