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Tue Nov 12, 2019, 11:15 AM

Hundreds of victims' relatives, ex-officials ask Trump administration to halt federal executions

Source: Washington Post

Hundreds of relatives of murder victims, current and former law enforcement officials and former judges have signed letters urging the Trump administration to call off its plans to resume federal executions next month. The letters, which are signed by a wide range of current and former officials across the justice system as well as 175 people whose loved ones were slain, plead with President Trump and Attorney General William P. Barr to stop the executions.

These messages offer several explanations and requests. The relatives of murder victims — the largest single group to sign the letters — call for an end to the death penalty, denouncing the process as wasteful and something that only extends their grieving. “We want a justice system that holds people who commit violence accountable, reduces crime, provides healing, and is responsive to the needs of survivors,” they write. “On all these measures, the death penalty fails.”

Barr announced over the summer that the Trump administration would carry out the first federal executions since 2003, scheduling them to resume on Dec. 9. The move breaks with recent declines in both death penalty activity nationwide as well as public support for the practice. “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 a July statement declaring that executions would resume. The Justice Department said five executions were scheduled for December and January and promised that more would follow.

The letters asking Barr and Trump to stop the executions — intended to arrive at the White House and Justice Department on Tuesday — contain pleas from victims’ families as well as current and former prosecutors, police chiefs, attorneys general, judges and corrections officials, all citing their experiences and perspectives in arguing against resuming executions as scheduled.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/hundreds-of-victims-relatives-current-and-former-officials-ask-trump-administration-to-halt-federal-executions/2019/11/12/90cede54-04cd-11ea-8292-c46ee8cb3dce_story.html

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Tue Nov 12, 2019, 11:32 AM

1. But Trump's base, those Pro-life death penalty loving

Evangelicals love them some executions.

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Tue Nov 12, 2019, 12:01 PM

2. May as well be asking Hitler, Stalin, Idi Amin, Pol Pot to be "easy" on their

political prisoners.

Trump is not only a malignant narcissist. He's also very much a sadist.

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