Category Archives: Death Penalty

Keeping execution under wraps in South Dakota

Attorney General Marty Jackley has set his priorities for 2013, proposing five bills to the South Dakota legislature. Apparently, one of his priorities is protecting the manufacturers who keep SD’s death chamber up and running: The second AG bill would … Continue reading

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SD Death Row loses an inmate

Last month we wrote that SD death row inmate Rodney Berget (or rather his lawyer, SDPJC member Jeff Larson) was challenging the state’s “one drug cocktail” for lethal injection. Looks like Mr. Berget may have won himself a reprieve on … Continue reading

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SD inmate challenges state’s execution protocol

Even though the media flurry over South Dakota’s most recent executions has died down, capital punishment is far from a dead issue (forgive the play on words). The Rapid City Journal reports: A death-row inmate in South Dakota is challenging … Continue reading

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State releases execution costs

Budgets are moral statements; they demonstrate where an organization’s or a government’s priorities lie, what its values are. So what does it say when the State of South Dakota spends more than $120,000 to kill two men? The state released … Continue reading

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The Death Penalty Makes Killers of Us All

Why do we kill people who kill people to show that killing people is wrong? Jesus said, “You have heard it said, ‘An eye for an eye a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, do not resist … Continue reading

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Not in Our Name

[Note: the following speech was delivered at the vigil, led by the South Dakota Peace & Justice Center, Pax Christi SD, and South Dakotans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, for the execution of Donald Moeller at the SD State … Continue reading

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Does mercy lie in death or life in prison?

(Note: this piece originally appeared as a Letter to the Editor in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, 27 October 2012.) When I ponder different challenges facing us as people, the memory of my grandfather’s or one of my parents’ voices … Continue reading

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