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Former death row inmates who were exonerated, from left, Randall Padgent, Gary Drinkard and Ron Wright, were among the nearly 100 protestors gathered at the state capitol building in Montgomery, Ala., on Jan. 23, 2024, to ask Governor Kay Ivey to stop the planned execution of Kenneth Eugene Smith. (Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)
Politics & SocietyThe Weekly Dispatch
Kevin Clarke
Alabama plans to put an industrial-grade respirator mask over Mr. Smith’s face and replace his breathing air with pure nitrogen gas, causing him to die from lack of oxygen. He will not be rendered unconscious before the procedure begins.
FaithFaith in Focus
Christine Lenahan
Kenneth Eugene Smith will face execution by the state of Alabama tonight. I pray that God may grant him peace.
Arts & CultureTheater
Meghan J. Clark
“Dead Man Walking” is a deeply human story about truth, forgiveness and the possibility of redemption. It is a journey into which everyone—from the singers to the audience—is invited.
A politician in a suit answers media questions
FaithNews
Kate Scanlon - OSV News
Gov. John Bel Edwards, D-La., called for an end to the death penalty in Louisiana during his final State of the State address in an impassioned call for lawmakers to adopt legislative proposals reflecting its identity as a “pro-life state.”
Members of the Abolitionist Action Committee protest capital punishment in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington on June 29, 2022, to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1972 Supreme Court decision in Furman v. Georgia, which determined the death penalty was unconstitutional. (CNS photo/Kevin Lamarque, Reuters)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Kevin Clarke
According to the Death Penalty Information Center: “Seven of the 20 execution attempts were visibly problematic—an astonishing 37 percent—as a result of executioner incompetence, failures to follow protocols, or defects in the protocols themselves.”
President Joe Biden addresses the 77th session of the U.N. General Assembly at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York City Sept. 21, 2022. (CNS photo/Caitlin Ochs, Reuters)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Martin O’Malley
Why would President Biden—who has done so much to repair America’s alliances abroad—have us side with Iran, Saudi Arabia and North Korea in voting for continued use of the death penalty in the world?