Attorney General William Barr just ordered the first five federal executions of death row inmates for the first time since 2003!
“The Justice Department upholds the rule of law—and we owe it to the victims and their families to carry forward the sentence imposed by our justice system,” Barr said in defense of his decision to reinstate the federal death penalty.
According to the DOJ, the two inmates whose execution dates Barr scheduled had “exhausted their appellate and post-conviction remedies, and currently no legal impediments prevent their executions.”
Take a look at this breaking news that hit Twitter:
CNBC has more details on the reinstation of federal executions:
The federal government will resume executing death row inmates after nearly two decades without doing so, the Department of Justice announced Thursday.
Attorney General William Barr directed the Bureau of Prisons to schedule the executions of five inmates convicted of murder and other crimes. The executions have been scheduled for December 2019 and January 2020.
The department also announced a new execution protocol, replacing the three-drug cocktail previously used in federal executions with the single drug, pentobarbital.
The last federal execution was carried out in 2003. There are 62 individuals on federal death row, according to a tracker maintained by the Death Penalty Information Center.
The Supreme Court outlawed state and federal death penalty laws in the 1972 decision Furman v. Georgia. The ruling invalidated the laws then on the books, but did not outlaw the death penalty under all circumstances, leading states and the federal government to draft new legislation.
The federal death penalty was reinstated in 1988, and expanded by Congress in 1994. No federal executions took place, however, until 2001, according to to the Bureau of Prisons website.
“Congress has expressly authorized the death penalty through legislation adopted by the people’s representatives in both houses of Congress and signed by the President,” Barr said in a statement. “Under Administrations of both parties, the Department of Justice has sought the death penalty against the worst criminals, including these five murderers, each of whom was convicted by a jury of his peers after a full and fair proceeding.”
Bloomberg also said:
Attorney General William Barr ordered the U.S. government to resume executions of people on federal death row after a 16-year hiatus, and lethal-injection dates were set for five convicted murderers.
The inmates scheduled to be put to death beginning in December were “convicted of murdering, and in some cases torturing and raping, the most vulnerable in our society -- children and the elderly,” the Justice Department said in a statement Thursday.
The last federal prisoner was executed in 2003. A botched execution by the state of Oklahoma in 2014 prompted former President Barack Obama to review federal capital punishment procedures, though a moratorium was never put in place.
“Under administrations of both parties, the Department of Justice has sought the death penalty against the worst criminals, including these five murderers, each of whom was convicted by a jury of his peers after a full and fair proceeding,” said the Justice Department. “We owe it to the victims and their families to carry forward the sentence imposed by our justice system.”
President Donald Trump has publicly advocated for capital punishment in some high profile cases, including the gunman who killed 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue last year.
Now that the federal death penalty is being resumed, it's a good time to flashback to Justice Kavanaugh and Sen. Lindsey Graham's discussion of military tribunals about 10 months ago....
Get a refresh on what went down by watching this clip here:
In case you don't remember, this discussion set off a debate about whether or not military tribunals were in the prospects to start prosecuting members of the Deep State...
Now that the Mueller investigation has completely fallen flat on its face, is Barr's reimplementation of the federal death penalty step 1 towards instituting military tribunals for treasonous American citizens?
Should the Swamp be nervous?
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