The United States will begin executing the federal death penalty after 17 years-otgnewsupdate

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
The United States will begin executing the federal death penalty after 17 years-otgnewsupdate

WASHINGTON: The United States will reinstate the federal death penalty on July 13 after 17 years, the Justice Department said Monday.

Only three federal executions have been carried out since the US government reinstated the death penalty in 1988.

Attorney General Bill Barr announced a year ago that he intended to resume the use of the death penalty for federal crimes. The five convicted murderers were to be given lethal injections in December 2019 and January this year at the federal prison visa at Terry Hout, Indiana.

But at the last minute, the US Supreme Court refused to stay the federal death penalty, saying that "in light of what is at stake - the appellate court should reconsider the execution block.
In April, an appeals court in Washington approved the use of pentobarbital for lethal injections, and the bar ordered new execution dates for four of the five convicts.
We are indebted to the victims of these heinous crimes,  Barr said in a statement.
Following his order, the Bureau of Prisons fixed the executions between July 13 and August 28.

The four include Daniel Lewis Lee, a white supremacist who was sentenced to death in 1996 for killing a family of three, including an eight-year-old girl.
Erin Peterson, the mother of one of the victims, opposes Lee's execution because of her religious beliefs and calls on US President Donald Trump to grant her clearance.
I can't see how the one who hanged Daniel Lee will somehow honor my daughter," Petersen said in a video posted online. She doesn't want it and I don't want it. 

Trump, an ardent advocate of the death penalty and even saying it should be applied against drug dealers, did not accept his appeal.
According to the poll, support for the death penalty has declined in recent years, from 80 percent in the early 1990s to close to 54 percent.
Only a handful of states, especially in the south of the United States, are still executed. Twenty-two people were executed in 2019.
U.S. courts hear a number of U.S. crimes, but some federal prosecutors try crimes such as hate crimes, some particularly heinous crimes or crimes against military installations or local U.S. reservations.


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