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"Stark Tale of a Prosecution Gone Wrong" PDF Print E-mail

After Three Decades on NC Death Row
Hope of Exoneration

LUMBERTON, NC, September 2, 2014 -- The convictions of Henry McCollum and Leon Brown for the murder and rape of an 11-year-old girl in 1984 may be overturned today and they may be freed. McCollum has been on death row for three decades.

Both men have low IQ scores and after hours of police interrogation signed confessions. New DNA evidence points to another man who is serving a life sentence for a different murder.

An article in the Raleigh News & Observer details the case and the troubling questions it raises. It also includes a videotaped interview with McCollum.
NH Religious Leaders Call for Death Penalty Repeal PDF Print E-mail
Religious leaders, police officers, attorneys and family members of homicide victims urged New Hampshire lawmakers this month to repeal the state's death penalty law.

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Kansas Death Penalty Hearing Touches Deep Emotions PDF Print E-mail
From the Kansas City Star

TOPEKA — In a two-hour hearing of tearful testimony from families of victims and men falsely convicted of murder, state senators got their first look at a bill to repeal the death penalty in Kansas.

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New Poll PDF Print E-mail
Younger Christians Less Supportive of the Death Penalty

Jan. 2014 - Only 23 percent of practicing Christian millennials support the death penalty, according to a new poll reported on by the Religion News Service. Read the full article here.
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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