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Nuns Protesting Upcoming Executions In Terre Haute

Jul 9, 2020
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A religious order plans to protest three upcoming executions at the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute.

Members of the Sisters of Providence, St. Mary of the Woods will hold a vigil Monday afternoon before the scheduled 4:00 pm execution of Daniel Lee.

The vigil will take place on Springhill Road and US 41/150.

“Sadly the Catholic Church within our official teachings, only within the last, I think it will be two years this fall, has said unequivocally there is no reason, capital punishment, the death penalty is ever admissible,” said Sister Barbara Battista.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A Zen Buddhist priest wants a federal judge to stop the execution of a death row inmate he’s been counseling and argues he'd be put at high risk for the coronavirus if the execution happens this month. Dale Hartkemeyer says he must attend the execution as a spiritual guide. He filed a lawsuit Thursday in Indiana. He wants a court to delay Wesley Ira Purkey’s execution until a coronavirus vaccine is available or there’s an effective treatment. Purkey is among four federal death row inmates scheduled to be executed in July and August.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has refused to block the execution of four federal prison inmates who are scheduled to be put to death in July and August. The executions would mark the first use of the death penalty on the federal level since 2003. The justices rejected an appeal from four inmates who were convicted of killing children. The court’s action leaves no obstacles standing in the way of the executions, the first of which is scheduled for July 13.

Indiana's Catholic Bishops Want Renewed Execution Freeze

Oct 6, 2019
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's Roman Catholic bishops are calling for a renewed moratorium on executions at the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute.

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One of the five death row prisoners set to be executed at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute is requesting a judge halt his execution because his rights were violated. 

Lezmond Mitchell's execution is set for Dec. 11. He was convicted of stabbing a 63-year-old grandmother to death and slitting her 9-year-old granddaughter's throat. Police found their beheaded, mutilated bodies in a shallow grave on a Navajo reservation in Arizona.