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Feds Will Resume the Death Penalty After a 15-Year Hiatus

Attorney General Bill Barr emphasized the importance of the rule of law — 'We owe it to the victims and their families to carry forward the sentence imposed by our justice system'

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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,” Fox News reported.

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.”

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

I hope they don’t lose a moment of sleep over the demise of even one of these condemned convicts.

The attorney general 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 that 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 the demise of even one of these condemned convicts — I won’t.

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The federal government has executed no one since 2003. But it was a capital punishment review directed by then-President Barack 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 going to lose any sleep.

Steve Pomper is a retired Seattle police officer. He has served as a field training officer on the East Precinct Community Police Team, and as a precinct mountain bike coordinator. This piece originally appeared in OpsLens and is used by permission.

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Steve Pomper is a retired Seattle police officer. He's served as a field training officer on the East Precinct Community Police Team and as a precinct mountain bike coordinator. He's also the author of four books, including "De-Policing America: A Street Cop's View of the Anti-Police State."

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