“The death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and the dignity of the person.” (CCC 2267) #Pledge4Mercy
Wyoming executed 24 persons between 1884 and 1965. Of these, 7 were executed before statehood in 1890; 17 after. Until 1937 hanging was the only used method. In the 1930s, the gas chamber was introduced. Today, lethal injection is the only allowed form of execution.
After the 1972 finding by the US Supreme Court that several states’ death penalty statutes were unconstitutional, Wyoming reinstated its death penalty with a new statute in 1977. Since then one person has been executed, in 1992. One person remains on Wyoming’s death row.
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The appointed Legislative Liason serves as a point of contact between the leadership and faithful of the Diocese of Cheyenne and representatives of the local, state and federal governments, giving voice to the Catholic perspective on issues of public policy and encouraging political engagement which reaches beyond party affiliation or partisanship, with an emphasis on mutual recognition of common moral principles.