The state of Texas plans to execute Edward Busby on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021 for the 2004 murder of 77-year-old Laura Lee Crane. If carried out, Mr. Busby's execution would be the first administered by any state since Jul. 8, 2020.
Executions are fundamentally incompatible with a consistent ethic of life. The Catholic Church teaches that the death penalty is unacceptable in all cases because it is "an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person" and urges people of goodwill to "work with determination for its abolition worldwide" (Catholic Catechism 2267). Learn More >>
Clemency is generally understood to mean the power of the executive branch (either state or federal) to reduce a criminal sentence, and usually takes one of three forms: reprieves, commutations, and pardons. In the capital punishment system, clemency is the final instance for a death sentence to be reviewed before an execution is carried out. Learn More >>
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