Florida Catholic Advocacy Network Updates

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Scheduled Execution Stayed While New Drug Addressed -The Florida Supreme Court has granted Askari Muhammad, formerly known as Thomas Knight, an evidentiary hearing, thus postponing his December 3 scheduled execution. The hearing will address Florida’s recent switch to midazolam hydrochloride, replacing pentobarbital sodium after its Danish manufacturer stopped selling the drug to U.S. prisons for use in executions. On October 15, Florida became the first state to use midazolam as the initial drug in a three-drug protocol in the execution of William Happ. Happ reportedly remained conscious, moving and alive for a longer period than anticipated, indicating that he may have experienced pain while being executed. Muhammad’s hearing will question if the new drug combination is cruel and unusual punishment. As we await the outcome of the hearing, the FCCB urges the community to continue to pray for the end of the use of the death penalty, for those on death row and for the victims of violent crime.

Members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops pray before the second day of proceedings at the bishops' annual fall meeting Nov. 12 in Baltimore. (CNS photo/Nancy Phelan Wiechec)

 

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