Politics

Feds Resume Death Penalty After 15-Year Hiatus

Fox News reported that the Department of Justice (DoJ) has announced it is directing the Federal Bureau of Prisons to “adopt a proposed addendum to the Federal Execution Protocol.” This will make it possible for the U.S. government to resume capital punishment.

The federal government will restart carrying out death penalty sentences, commencing in December 2019. The feds have five death-row inmates scheduled for execution, according to Attorney General Bill Barr. He said, “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.”

AG Barr pointed out that the government reserves capital punishment for the “worst criminals.” These include five murderers a jury of their peers found guilty and sentenced to death “after a full and fair proceeding.”

The AG emphasized the importance of the rule of law (which has suffered, lately). He said, “We owe it to the victims and their families to carry forward the sentence imposed by our justice system.”

While I believe there are valid arguments against the death penalty (including it’s not severe enough punishment for such human vermin), and I respect opponents’ opinions, I hope they don’t lose a moment of sleep over even one of these condemned convicts’ demise—I won’t.

The federal government has executed no one since 2003. But it was a capital punishment review directed by President Obama in 2014, citing concerns over the drugs used in lethal injections, that resulted in an effective suspension of capital punishment.

In 2003, the federal government executed Louis Jones. A court had convicted Jones of murdering a young female soldier. Oh, and Jones had first kidnapped and then raped her. Nope, not gonna lose any sleep.

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Steve Pomper

Steve Pomper is an OpsLens contributor, a retired Seattle police officer, and the author of four non-fiction books, including De-Policing America: A Street Cop’s View of the Anti-Police State. You can read a review of this new book in Front Page Magazine and listen to an interview with Steve on the Joe Pags Show. Steve was a field-training officer, on the East Precinct Community Police Team, and served his entire career on the streets. He has a BA in English Language and Literature. He enjoys spending time with his kids and grand-kids. He loves to ride his Harley, hike, and cycle with his wife, Jody, a retired firefighter. You can find out more about Steve and send him comments and questions at www.stevepomper.com.

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