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Texas bishops welcome stay of execution for mother on death row

Soon after the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals granted a stay on the execution of Melissa Lucio on April 25 the bishops of Texas both commended her religious conversion, and lamented a flawed justice system that resulted in a “dubious” conviction.

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Supporting economic and criminal Justice

The big news at the Minnesota Capitol is that our state government has a budget surplus for the ninth consecutive year. What was expected to be a $7.7 billion surplus is now up to a record $9.25 billion in excess revenue collection. As can be expected, the debate about what to do with the money has fallen into the usual zero-sum game of income tax cuts versus new spending.

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George Floyd Verdict: Prayers for Change

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all three counts: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The jury deliberated about 10 hours before coming back with their unanimous findings. The National Fraternal Order of Police says the justice system worked as it should, that the trial was fair and the process was served.

The post George Floyd Verdict: Prayers for Change appeared first on Catholic Herald.

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A cardinal in the dock would mark real reform in Vatican justice

On Tuesday, Pope Francis moved to address the perception that the system is rigged against defendants with a series of reforms, such as modifying the requirements for “in absentia” trials as well introducing the possibility of reduced sentences for good behavior and rehabilitation programs.

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Probe highlights Vatican legal system’s limited protections

A criminal investigation into a Vatican real estate investment is exposing weaknesses in the city state’s judicial system and a lack of some basic protections for those accused — highlighting the incompatibility of the Holy See’s procedures with European norms.

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