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Okla. Group Pushes for Repeal of Death Penalty (Oct 10, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A group of religious leaders and academics are citing Oklahoma's frequency in imposing the death penalty and the number of condemned inmates who have been exonerated as reasons for pushing to abolish the death penalty in the state.

The Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty met Monday at the State Capitol as part of the 9th annual World Day Against the Death Penalty.

The Rev. Edward Weisenburger of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Oklahoma City says religious leaders have a responsibility to speak out against the death penalty.

The Death Penalty Information Center says Oklahoma has executed 96 inmates since 1976, ranking third behind Texas and Virginia.

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