October 21, 2019
In support of a strong innocence claim and in alignment with the Church's stance against the death penalty, the Florida Bishops issued a statement urging Governor Ron DeSantis to halt the execution of James Dailey on November 7, 2019.
Read an excerpt from the statement below:
"Florida leads the nation in death row exonerations. Florida makes more mistakes than any other state in sentencing innocent people to death. There is strong evidence that James Dailey’s death sentence was yet another failure of justice. Another man, Jack Pearcy, has signed a sworn affidavit that he, and he alone, was responsible for the tragic death of 14-year-old Shelly Boggio. No physical evidence ties Mr. Dailey to the crime; however, the Florida Supreme Court refuses to allow him to present new evidence proving his factual innocence. The direct killing of the innocent is always wrong and an intrinsic evil. "