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‘No healing will come’ from Alabama execution, Catholic group says

In response to the Supreme Court’s decision to allow the execution of an Alabama death-row inmate, a Catholic group seeking to end the death penalty said in a tweet: ‘Our work to build a more restorative criminal justice system continues’.

‘No healing will come tonight,’ the Catholic Mobilizing Network tweeted on the night of Christopher Lee Price’s execution.

In a 5-4 ruling without an explanation, the court rejected Price’s request for a stay of execution based on his claims that the state’s execution method would subject him to excruciating pain.

Justice Stephen Breyer, writing the dissent, said the court should have delayed Price’s execution long enough for a federal judge’s already scheduled hearing to consider if the state’s execution method violated the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

This is not the first time the court had weighed in on this particular case involving the sentence for the 46-year-old man on death row for the 1991 murder by sword and dagger of an Alabama minister Bill Lynn in his home.

In April, the court had similarly voted 5-4 to allow Price’s execution to continue. In a brief opinion, the majority said Price had missed a deadline to ask for a different execution method. But the justices’ decision came after midnight, two hours after Price was to have been executed, which gave him the new execution date of 30th May.

Picture: The US Supreme Court building is seen in Washington on 26th March 2019. (CNS photo/Brendan McDermid, Reuters).