United States: resumption of federal executions after a 16-year moratorium

30 July 2019


US Attorney General William Barr said in an official statement on 26 July 2019 that federal executions have resumed in the United States. A lethal procedure has already been chosen and five convicted persons are expected to be executed between December and January.

On Thursday, July 26, 2019, William Barr, Attorney General of the United States, i. e. Minister of Justice, thrilled all human rights organizations around the world by putting executions at the federal level back on the agenda. A 16 year leap backwards since these had been suspended since 2003, following controversies over lethal injections.

In doing so, Government Minister Trump is responding to the President's desire to increase the death penalty for certain crimes, particularly those related to terrorism and drug trafficking. Five executions are already planned from 9 December 2019... just in time for the launch of the Trump 2020 campaign.