Seven years ago, Donald Trump tweeted his support for the death penalty.
At least 12 dead and 50 wounded in Colorado–bring back fast trials & death penalty for mass murderers & terrorists.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 20, 2012
Tucson killer Loughner should be given the death penalty, not his plea bargained life in prison–which will cost (cont) http://t.co/VIJXqCgo
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 8, 2012
Get ALL the info, then quick trial, then death penalty for the Boston killer of innocent children and people! Do not be kind.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 19, 2013
Trump has continued to tweet about supporting capital punishment after his 2016 election as president.
NYC terrorist was happy as he asked to hang ISIS flag in his hospital room. He killed 8 people, badly injured 12. SHOULD GET DEATH PENALTY!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 2, 2017
Although the severe punishment has always been controversial, Trump’s support for the death penalty has been unwavering. His view that capital punishment will help deter other violent crimes is at the core of his belief.
…Who says the death penalty is not a deterrent?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 5, 2013
So it should be no surprise that Trump’s attorney general, William Barr, revealed Thursday morning that the Department of Justice is bringing back the death penalty on the federal level after years of hiatus.
The DOJ announced in a statement that “Barr has directed the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to adopt a proposed Addendum to the Federal Execution Protocol — clearing the way for the federal government to resume capital punishment after a nearly two decade lapse, and bringing justice to victims of the most horrific crimes.”
The announcement is directly pointed to the demise of five of the most horrific offenders in the federal justice system. Barr directed “the Acting Director of the BOP, Hugh Hurwitz, to schedule the executions of five death-row inmates convicted of murdering, and in some cases torturing and raping, the most vulnerable in our society — children and the elderly.”
“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 the DOJ press release. “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. 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’s orders resulted in the scheduled executions of five individuals.
The first scheduled execution is Daniel Lewis Lee.
One of the individuals scheduled to be executed is Daniel Lewis Lee – who murdered an Arkansas gun dealer and his entire family. This was 1 of a series of crimes committed by Lee and accomplice in attempt to overthrow the US govt and create an Aryan People’s Republic, per @ADL https://t.co/T8N2sU4sLA
— Jake Hyman (@JakeHymanNJNY) July 25, 2019
Lee, according to the DOJ, is “a member of a white supremacist group who murdered a family of three, including an eight-year-old girl.”
The DOJ reports that after robbing and shooting the victims with a stun gun, Lee “covered their heads with plastic bags, sealed the bags with duct tape, weighed down each victim with rocks, and threw the family of three into the Illinois bayou” in Arkansas.
Lee’s execution is scheduled for Dec. 9.
All of those inmates have “exhausted their appellate and post-conviction remedies and currently no legal impediments prevent their executions, which will take place at U.S. Penitentiary Terre Haute, Indiana,” the DOJ said. “Additional executions will be scheduled at a later date.”
Trump surely will take some heat for this move, but it makes a clear statement that lawless violence against the most innocent in our society will not be tolerated.
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