Virginia Catholic Conference: ‘Public accountability’ important in death penalty cases

The Virginia Catholic Conference has spoken in support of public accountability in the administration of the death penalty, while calling for an end to its use.

In a statement given in response to questions about a lawsuit demanding that the public be able to view the entirety of the execution process in capital cases, the conference stressed the importance of “public accountability.”

The suit, filed Sept. 23 in a U.S. District Court, was brought by several news media organizations. It argues that Virginia’s Department of Corrections violates the First Amendment by blocking public view of certain steps in the execution procedure, and that public oversight is an essential safeguard for prisoners’ rights.

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