Pope Francis calls for “global abolition” during address to Congress

As a part of his historic tour of the United States, Pope Francis addressed Congress on Thursday, September 24. Anti-death penalty activists across the country hoped he would use his time in front of Congress to discuss ending the death penalty. Citing the Golden Rule, Pope Francis expressed his belief and support in abolition: “This […]

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Fort Worth Star-Telegram Editorial on Leal Execution; Other Media Coverage

Today’s Fort Worth Star-Telegram features an editorial on last week’s execution of Humberto Leal and the implications for the rule of law (“U.S. treaty promises must mean what they say,” July 14, 2011).  The editorial notes that “Though his case is over, that shouldn’t remove the urgency of Congress approving legislation to make clear that […]

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Federal Legislation Addresses U.S. Compliance with Vienna Convention on Consular Relations; Could Impact Cases in Texas

Today Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont introduced federal legislation that aims to bring the United States into compliance with the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, a key treaty that provides citizens who are detained abroad with access to their consulates.  This legislation has implications for the case of Humberto Leal, a Mexican national who was not […]

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