In a Sept. 27 letter sent to Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on behalf of Pope Francis, the nuncio urged the governor to halt the scheduled execution Oct. 5 of convicted murderer Ernest Lee Johnson out of respect for “the sacredness of all human life.”
Justice Sotomayor issued a strong dissent to a Jan. 15, decision by the high court clearing the way for the execution of inmate Dustin Higgs at the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind.
A federal death row inmates, Lisa Montgomery’s, execution was unlawfully rescheduled by the Justice Department when a stay was in effect due to an attorney’s positive test for the coronavirus.
Eight Catholic bishops serving Maryland dioceses urged President Donald Trump Dec. 22 to stop the planned federal execution of Dustin Higgs, a Maryland man on death row in Indiana.