Catholic conference praises Maryland's abolishment of death penalty PDF Print E-mail
May 3, 2013

By Richard Szczepanowski
Catholic Standard

Maryland became the 18th state in the country - and the sixth in six years - to abolish the death penalty, as Gov. Martin O'Malley signed a measure May 2 that prohibits capital punishment in the state.

The legislation, which the Maryland Catholic Conference has sought for more than two decades, goes into effect Oct. 1. Mary Ellen Russell, executive director of the MCC, called the signing "a joyful moment and long-sought victory."

"This is a very exciting day. We have been waiting for it literally for decades," Russell said. "This has been a priority (for the MCC) for years. The Church has been a leading voice for life in all its stages. And this (repeal) is consistent with our pro-life message."
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Orange County, NC Spoke Up PDF Print E-mail
April 30, 2013

Last week the Orange County, NC Board of Commissioners voted in support of People of Faith Against the Death Penalty's death penalty repeal resolution.

The Board of Commissioners joined Boone, Carrboro, Chapel Hill, and Durham in calling on the state of North Carolina to repeal the death penalty.

Below are the verbatim comments by the six county commissioners who voted for repealing the death penalty and the one who voted against it.
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PFADP at NC Legislature Wednesday on RJA PDF Print E-mail
April 8, 2013

Religious leaders from across North Carolina will speak at PFADP’s press conference against the repeal of the North Carolina Racial Justice Act and resumption of executions on Wednesday at the NC General Assembly in Raleigh.

More than 600 religious leaders across North Carolina called for passage of the Racial Justice Act before it became law in 2009.

When: 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Where: The press room of the Legislative Building, 16 W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC

We invite all religious leaders and concerned people of faith to join us.
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No subtlety in repeal of the Racial Justice Act PDF Print E-mail
March 27, 2013

The News & Observer

The gloves are off now. In the last legislative session, opponents of the Racial Justice Act succeeded in increasing the burden of proof on those sentenced to death if they wanted to appeal their sentences on the basis of racial bias. Now, those opponents simply want to gut the law and get back to the business of executing people in North Carolina.

State Sen. Thom Goolsby of Wilmington is pushing an end to the Racial Justice Act along with other more technical changes in the law to allow resumption of the death penalty in North Carolina. There have been no executions since 2006 because of different legal appeals.
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Racial Injustice PDF Print E-mail
April 4, 2013

And with this faith we will go out and adjourn the counsels of despair and bring new light into the dark chambers of pessimism and we will be able to rise from the fatigue of despair to the buoyancy of hope. And this will be a great America! We will be the participants in making it so.

                 - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., born to eternal life on April 4, 1968

Yesterday afternoon the NC Senate voted 33 – 14 in support of repealing the NC Racial Justice Act and restarting executions. The bill, Senate Bill 306, now moves to the House.

If you live in North Carolina, please take a moment to send a message to your senator in response to his or her vote.

And encourage your representative to vote against SB 306.
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The Good, the Bad & the Ugly PDF Print E-mail
March 27, 2013

Yeah, it's a cliché, but yesterday had some good, kind of bad and downright ugly votes around the country.
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