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U.S. Supreme Court stays the execution of Ruben Gutierrez

Just an hour before he was scheduled to be executed by the State of Texas, Ruben Gutierrez received a stay from the U.S. Supreme Court. Gutierrez had asked the U.S. Supreme Court to halt his execution in order to consider his request to allow a Christian chaplain in the execution chamber, a request that was […]

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Ruben Gutierrez seeks 30-day stay from Governor Greg Abbott; appeal also pending with U.S. Supreme Court

Today, Ruben Gutierrez, who is scheduled to be executed by the State of Texas on Tuesday at 6 p.m. CT, asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stay his execution in order to consider his request to allow a Christian chaplain in the execution chamber, a request that was routine in hundreds of Texas executions until April 2019, when the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) changed the rules. The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops filed an amicus brief in support of Gutierrez.

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Fifth Circuit lifts stay of execution for Ruben Gutierrez

Late Friday night, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals lifted the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas’s stay of execution of Ruben Gutierrez, who seeks DNA testing of evidence pointing to his innocence. Gutierrez also is challenging Texas’s denial of a Christian chaplain’s presence during his execution, which is scheduled for Tuesday, […]

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Texas Bishops support 1st Amendment Rights of Ruben Gutierrez; case pending at the Fifth Circuit

Today, the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops (TCCB) filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in support of death row prisoner Ruben Gutierrez. The brief calls on the Fifth Circuit to affirm the district court’s stay of execution and argues the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) must […]

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Pope Francis declares death penalty inadmissible in all cases

Pope Francis has declared the death penalty inadmissible in all cases because it is “an attack” on the “dignity of the person.”  The Church has vowed to “work with determination for its abolition worldwide.”