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Human Dignity vs Dehumanization: Final Words of Those Executed

Posted by Alice Hugh Brown on Mar 8, 2023 6:00:00 AM

The State of Oklahoma has paused its executions until May 2023. This is hopeful news as it indicates that the state is not only looking over its method of execution but also allowing more time for appeals to be filed and reviewed. Members of the state legislature who still support the death penalty have expressed concern over the possibility of executing innocent persons. This is a step forward.

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Topics: Catholic social teaching, death penalty, forgiveness, Dignity and the Death Penalty

Human Dignity vs. Dehumanization: Determining Mental Culpability

Posted by Alice Hugh Brown on Dec 6, 2022 9:06:36 AM

Richard Stephen Fairchild  (November 17, 1959 – November 17, 2022)

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Topics: justice, Catholic social teaching, death penalty, Dignity and the Death Penalty, mental incompetence, mental health

Human Dignity vs Dehumanization: Mental Incompetence

Posted by Alice Hugh Brown on Nov 9, 2022 11:47:59 AM

Benjamin Robert Cole, Sr.            

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Topics: justice, mercy, Catholic social teaching, death penalty, Dignity and the Death Penalty, mental incompetence

Stays of Execution

Posted by Alice Hugh Brown on Sep 27, 2022 9:00:00 AM

None of us want to have a dreaded appointment delayed time and again. Think, then, of the great anxiety caused when a prisoner must repeatedly anticipate his death. Then consider these stays of execution for Richard Glossip:

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Topics: justice, mercy, Catholic social teaching, dignity of each person, social justice, Dignity and the Death Penalty

Human Dignity vs Dehumanization: A Conversation

Posted by Alice Hugh Brown on Sep 13, 2022 12:02:00 PM

James Allen Coddington (March 22, 1972  - August 25, 2022)

“James Coddington is dead.”

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Topics: justice, mercy, Catholic social teaching, dignity of each person, Dignity and the Death Penalty

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