On eve of execution, Florida bishops urge halt to capital punishment
January 06, 2016
The Catholic bishops of Florida have urged the state’s Governor Rick Scott to stop capital punishment, with the execution of a convicted criminal scheduled for January 7.
In a letter to the governor, Michael Sheedy, the director of the Florida bishops’ conference, said that the use of the death penalty has been “inconsistent, arbitrary, and too often applied in error.” Noting that Florida was one of only six US states to execute criminals last year, he urged a stay on the pending execution of Oscar Ray Bolin, Jr.
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