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Vatican, Other Faith Leaders Join in Push for End of Death Penalty in Louisiana

“The Board of Pardons should not sacrifice the rule of law, the rights of victims, and the public’s participation simply to achieve the Governor’s political objective,” Landry said in a statement. “The laws on our books must be enforced and proper procedure must be followed.”

But some statewide and national groups, including the Catholic Mobilizing Network, have long advocated for the death penalty’s end.

Krisanne Vaillancourt Murphy, executive director of the Catholic Mobilizing Network, joined the Vatican agency in supporting the governor’s efforts against capital punishment.

“The last lethal injection in Louisiana took place in 2010,” she said. “It is long past time for Louisiana to take capital punishment off its books.”

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