Cincinnati Ohio, (CNA) Sept. 7, 2018 Catholic Free Press
A Catholic judge in Ohio who recently sentenced a man to death defended his decision on both legal and theological grounds.
Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Patrick Dinkelacker sent convicted serial killer Anthony Kirkland to death row August 28, agreeing with a jury’s recommendation of capital punishment.
Kirkland, 49, was convicted of killing three women and two teenage girls.
He had been serving a life sentence for two of the adult murders, while the death sentence was handed down for killing a 13 and 14 year old girl.
“As a person who morally believes in the sanctity of life, to judge another to determine if the imposition of the death penalty is appropriateis not a duty I take lightly” Dinkelacker said, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
He stressed the rule of law, saying with it, “those not able to protect themselves become prey for those like Kirkland.”
“I took an oath to follow the law and I will do that” the judge said, according to Fox19 Now.
“To do otherwise, is morally, legally, philosophically and theologically wrong.”
Mr. Kirkland killed five women. Our leader in Rome would have him confined with other human beings, in a comfortable setting, with others who … without a doubt … would fear the man. May your tribe increase Judge Dinkelacker!
We pray that Mr. Kirkland repents before his sentence is carried out. We pray that a kindly priest will visit him. Please Lord, let that happen …