Oklahoma City archbishop supports effort to end state death penalty

Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City has announced his support for state legislation that would remove the death penalty from consideration in capital cases.

“We don’t end the cycle of violence by committing more violence,” Coakley said in a Jan. 14 press release from the office of State Representative Jason Dunnington (D-Oklahoma City), who introduced the legislation.

“When available, we should choose non-lethal ways to ensure justice and protect society,” the archbishop said. He called the bill “a bold proposal that addresses the disturbing realities and inequity of capital punishment.”

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