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A referendum to repeal a law that abolished the death penalty in Nebraska has been filed. The Nebraskans for the Death Penalty collected 166,692 petition signatures, were delivered Aug. 26.
The battle over the death penalty wages on in Nebraska. In the end of May, Nebraska became the 19th state to abolish the death penalty.
David Keaton, the first man in the U.S. to be exonerated from death row, died July 3 in Florida.
"As the largest association of Catholic priests in the United States, we endorse the bishops' stance," said the chair of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests.
The death penalty is a grim topic. It's taking a forceful act of my will to set me to the task of writing about it. But a few events have converged, one involving me slightly, and I want to tell you.
The Catholic faith tradition "offers a unique perspective on crime and punishment, one grounded in mercy and healing, not punishment for its own sake," two bishops said in a statement renewing the U.S. Catholic church's push to end the death penalty.
"No matter how heinous the crime, if society can protect itself without ending a human life, it should do so. Today, we have this capability," wrote Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston and Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami.
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Those on both sides of the debate agree that Glossip v. Gross transcended the specific issue of the death penalty indirectly.