Religious leaders urged Virginia lawmakers on Monday to put an end to capital punishment and reject Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s proposal to shield the identities of pharmacies that supply lethal drugs for executions.
About a dozen members of an interfaith coalition and a former death row inmate denounced McAuliffe’s proposal, which replaces a bill that sought to force condemned inmates to the electric chair if execution drugs were not available. Faith leaders said shielding suppliers from public scrutiny would increase the risk of botched executions.
“When you have to result to secrecy or brutality to keep the machinery of death going, it’s a sure sign that what we’re doing is not right,” said Bishop Carroll Baltimore, former president of the Progressive National Baptist Convention.
Baltimore was joined by Harold Wilson, who was released from prison in 2005 after a jury acquitted him of a triple homicide.
SOURCE: The Associated Press
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