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Executed But Possibly Innocent

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❶Henry McCollum and

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Year of Release: 1974
Year of Release: 1973
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In justice, after confessing our sins, we receive a penance to complete. Yet any penance we could do never fully "makes up" for the ways we turn away from God. That is precisely why Jesus came to redeem us, and took our rightful punishment upon himself. Although justice does require some action of reparation on our part, at the same time, because of God's mercy, our penance is medicinal, helping to restore us to union with God.

As the Catechism states, "the traditional teaching of the Church does not exclude recourse to the death penalty, if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor. Therefore, while capital punishment is not forbidden, it can rarely be justified in this modern age—if at all.

Non-lethal means are in better keeping with the sanctity of every human life and the common good, and must be used unless public safety cannot be achieved otherwise.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has long opposed the use of the death penalty in our country. While recognizing that Catholic teaching affirms the authority of a government in rare if practically nonexistent cases to execute criminals, the bishops have said that in the United States, there are other, non-lethal means of defense against unjust aggressors that should be used instead.

In , the tenth anniversary year of the bishops' Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty, a letter reaffirming the bishops' opposition to the death penalty offered a reflection on our justice system: No matter how heinous the crime, if society can protect itself without ending a human life, it should do so.

Today, we have this capability. Earlier in , the chairmen of the bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities and Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development responded to a Supreme Court decision related to the death penalty: Christ came to liberate us from the cycle of violence by showing us how to love and be merciful.

As reflected in his life and teaching, as well as in saints' lives throughout history, "the antidote to violence is love, not more violence. When we feel that sin and evil are overwhelming, we must not be afraid. Jesus Christ has already conquered sin and death, and we know that his is the ultimate victory. Let us work to defend the dignity of all human life, made in the image and likeness of God, through prayer, education, and advocacy.

Be not afraid; God is with us. A Challenge to American Catholics , Washington: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, , Printable Article Use as a bulletin insert or handout! Follow us on Twitter! Learn more about Amazon Prime. This is a book about the taking of lives, grim events that no pleas or acts of mercy can undo.

Herein, each and every crime for which a person was executed in the United States between January and December is described. This book is not easy reading. In some cases the crimes are exacted with uncontrolled rage focused on one specific victim and in others with a total indifference as to the life taken. What is common to all these murders is that each and every one resulted in at least one other death - a judicially ordered execution.

The Eighth Amendment of the United States Constitution dictates that punishment must fit the crime forbidding cruel and unusual punishment. Only by studying each and every one of these horrific and shocking crimes can it be determined if the ultimate sentence of death was imposed with all deference to the laws of a civilized society.

Death Penalty USA is Delfino and Day's third scholarly book and the first in a series of books intended to document all 21st century capital punishment cases in the United States. Read more Read less. Mobeta Publishing January 3, Language: Related Video Shorts 0 Upload your video. Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

Please try again later. The writing is appropriately dry and the facts are kept at unemotional level which help to make the book appeal to people like myself who want to evaluate the totality of each murder on a case by case basis without having to get caught up in a debate about capital punishment. While at times the amount of information is simply overwhelming I must say that I am pretty impressed with this book which I think provides an interesting social commentary of America that makes you wonder just how advanced we really are.

As a Baptist Minister I am happy to say that I have purchased this book for my personal library as this is a book that has most certainly affected my view of capital punishment. While there is no doubt in my mind that most if not all of the executed people discussed in this book are sinners and indeed guilty of the horrible crimes with which they have been charged and seemingly deserving of being locked up forever, I am now unsure how Americans, the most advanced society in the world, benefit from having our government execute people who are either clearly insane or so sick and tired of being incarcerated that they volunteer to be executed.

What then is the point of another killing? The authors of this book don't give any simple answers to this moral dilemma but they sure do a fine a job, perhaps almost too good a job, of making you think and ponder this question and cause you to reflect on another very difficult question: I am pleased to have purchased this book which according to the publisher is the first in a series of books detailing the case histories of all convicted inmates executed in the 21st century by the people of the United States.

I note that each case history juxtaposes details of the capital crime with the capital punishment and always includes hard to find information regarding the disposition of co-defendants.

I know of no other source that provides such a wealth of information. Finding the book to be well written and easy to read I commend the authors for including case citations to both published and unpublished court opinions something that is not easily accessible to the lay person and very often difficult or unduly costly to those of us fortunate enough to have access to legal search engines like Lexis and Westlaw.

In my opinion this book is one of very few criminology books that will appeal to both the scholar and the lay person. I especially enjoy the fact that the authors have been careful not to interpose their opinions in a subject that is certain to generate a strong emotional response in the reader. Obviously I look forward to the next addition in this series.


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