Preliminary Injunction Granted

Current Status of the Federal Death Penalty:

On December 2, 2019, the U.S. Justice Department asked the Supreme Court to allow the resumption of the death penalty at the federal level. The request came hours after an appeals court upheld an injunction which temporarily halts the federal executions pending for December 2019 and January 2020.

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The situation concerning the planned restart of federal executions is incredibly volatile and requires your continued vigilance. You can raise your voice in opposition to the resumption of federal executions and call on our government leaders to uphold a consistent ethic of life. 

Case-Specific Information for Alfred Bourgeois:

The federal government intends to execute Alfred Bourgeois by lethal injection Monday, January 13, 2020 for the 2002 murder of his two-year-old daughter, AG.   

Mr. Bourgeois is intellectually disabled and constitutionally ineligible for the death penalty.  The jury that sentenced Mr. Bourgeois to death never learned that he was intellectually disabled because his trial lawyers did not present the evidence that was available to them.

When the performance of his trial lawyers was later challenged on appeal, the same judge who appointed those ineffective lawyers denied relief using outdated and unscientific standards and stereotypes about the intellectually disabled that have now been thoroughly rejected by the scientific community and the United States Supreme Court. No court has ever reviewed the evidence of Mr. Bourgeois' intellectual disability using proper scientific standards.

The Catholic Church teaches that the death penalty is unacceptable in all cases because it is "an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person." (Catholic Catechism 2267)

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