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Late last month, Virginia became the latest state to end capital punishment, and more repeals could be on the horizon.
The religious freedom law firm Becket filed an amicus brief in the case, supporting Smith’s request for Pastor Wiley to be present at his execution.
Multiple Catholic figures, including U.S. bishops, had spoken out against Montgomery’s planned execution, arguing that she was mentally unwell and that the death penalty itself is unjust.
The effort comes after Rep. Adriano Espillat, D-N.Y., a Dominican-American and Catholic, introduced H.R. 97 Jan. 4, “To abolish the death penalty under Federal law.”
Montgomery was diagnosed with various mental illnesses and experienced brain damage due to physical and sexual abuse she endured as a child.
The federal government executed 10 death row inmates in 2020, after a nearly-two-decade moratorium on the federal use of the death penalty.
Leading U.S. bishops have called for a stop to the executions, pointing to the season of Advent.
DeWine’s decision comes after previously expressed concerns about the suffering the drugs cause, as well as a shortage of available drugs for lethal injection, as many drug manufacturers refuse to provide drugs for executions.
With a change of administrations occurring on Jan. 20, the Trump administration is on track for ten executions in 2020 and three more before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.