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Pope Francis Opposes Death Penalty

 

“The Golden Rule also reminds us of our responsibility to protect and defend human life at every Pope Francis 1stage of its development.  This conviction has led me, from the beginning of my ministry, to advocate at different levels for the global abolition of the death penalty. I am convinced that this way is the best, since every life is sacred, every human person is endowed with an inalienable dignity, and society can only benefit from the rehabilitation of those convicted of crimes. Recently my brother bishops here in the United States renewed their call for the abolition of the death penalty. Not only do I support them, but I also offer encouragement to all those who are convinced that a just and necessary punishment must never exclude the dimension of hope and the goal of rehabilitation”.  – September 24, 2015 Address to U.S. Congress.



Florida Death Sentencing Unconstitutional

Florida executions continue in record numbers


Tampa, FL, January 12, 2016 — The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled Florida’s death sentencing scheme to be unconstitutional. This came in an 8-1 decision in Hurst v Florida. “It is no surprise that the High Court found Florida’s hit-or-miss death sentencing scheme unconstitutional,” said Mark Elliott, Director of Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (FADP).
Since executions re-started in the 1970’s, 26 people have been exonerated and released from Florida’s Death Row. At the same time 92 people have been executed. “That’s more than one exoneration for every four Florida executions,” said Elliott, “This hugely-expensive, mistake-ridden state government program has failed the people of our state.”
“Florida is also one of only two states that allows only a simple majority vote of the jury to recommend a sentence of death,” said FADP’s Elliott. “It’s no wonder that Florida is a national leader in new sentences of death.”
Gainesville capital postconviction attorney Sonya Rudenstine, who co-authored an amicus brief in the Supreme Court for several former Florida trial judges who argued on behalf of Mr. Hurst, believes that “the Court’s ruling today is fundamentally significant. It does not simply reaffirm the central tenet enunciated in 2000 by Justice Scalia in Apprendi v. New Jersey — that juries, not judges, must make the findings of fact required to increase a defendant’s sentence – but also explicitly overrules long-standing Supreme Court and Florida precedent that capital sentencing schemes are somehow exempt from this requirement.”
Meanwhile executions continue at a record pace. “We call for a halt on Florida executions,” said Elliott. “No one knows how many more innocent people remain on Death Row or, God forbid, have already been executed.”
“You can free an innocent man from prison, but you can never, never, free an innocent man from the grave,” said Juan Melendez, who spent more than 17 years on Florida’s Death Row before being exonerated and released.
On the decline in most parts of the Western world, the death penalty has become a drain on Florida’s justice system since its reinstatement in 1979. The death penalty is six times as costly to the state as life imprisonment. The United States consistently ranks in the top five nations for most executions, along with China, Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

Contact Gov. Scott and ask him to suspend ALL executions.
Phone: (850) 488-7146
Email: Rick.scott@eog.myforida.com 

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Stay of Execution Granted!

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Notice from the Florida Supreme Court:

“Appellant/Petitioner’s Renewed Motion for Stay of Execution is granted. The execution of Cary Michael Lambrix, scheduled for 6:00 p.m., Thursday, February 11, 2016, is stayed pending further order of this Court.”

 

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Gov. Scott Orders 2 More Death Warrants

No Death Penalty

Less than 24 hours after the execution of Oscar Bolin, Gov. Rick Scott has ordered the state killing of: 1) Mark Asay for March 17 at 6:00 pm.  2) Mike Lambrix is scheduled to be executed on February 11 at 6pm. The U.S. Supreme Court is to rule sometime before June if Florida’s death sentencing scheme is unconstitutional. It is unconscionable that executions would be carried out while awaiting the high court’s decision. Florida’s death penalty program is the most mistake-ridden in the nation. Since executions resumed in the 1970’s, Florida has executed 92 people while at the same time 26 people were exonerated and released from Death Row. That’s a rate of more than one exoneration for every four executions.

Contact Gov. Scott and ask him to suspend ALL executions.

Phone: (850) 488-7146 Email: Rick.scott@eog.myforida.com 

The statewide coalition to end executions needs your help now.  Please make the work possible by making a donation today. Sent by: Mark Elliott Executive Director Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, fadp.org FADP P.O. Box 82943 Tampa, FL 33682 Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty is a coalition of organizations and individuals united to abolish the death penalty in Florida.

 

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she moves me

blogging for mother earth

by 

PCF Council Member, Jim Rucquoi

i want to sit on this rock with you awhile, friend, think out loud a bit. first up, these new readings i’ve bumped into that continue to shake me awake. ever since starting out on my bike three years ago for mother earth, mother’s been whispering in my ear something fierce. after climate ride california last year i can think of little else. scattered news of old that held me in its addictive clutches fails to move me anymore. you move me, mother, front & center at last.

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