Missouri Bishops Seek Clemency for Joseph Franklin

This week the Missouri Bishops, along with several other religious/civic organizations, sent Governor Nixon a letter asking for clemency for Joseph Franklin. Mr. Franklin is sentenced to be executed on November 20, 2013, for the murder of Gerald Gordon in 1977.

The clemency application reiterated the Catholic Church’s long opposition to the use of the death penalty because it disregards the dignity of human life and continues a cycle of violence.


Posted: November 15, 2013

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