Attorney General Garland Biden orders a moratorium on federal executions after Trump used the death penalty to set a record
After the Trump administration executed a record number of people, the Justice Department will review their necessity and use, and federal executions will cease.
Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that he will suspend the execution of federal executions from Thursday night and said the department will review its policies and procedures.
“The Department of Justice must ensure that everyone in the federal criminal justice system not only obtains the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and laws, but also receives fair and humane treatment,” Garland said. “This obligation has a special effect in death penalty cases.”
Garland was referring to the procedures established by former Attorney General William Barr.
During the Trump administration, the Justice Department, which operated under Barr’s leadership, executed 13 people in six months, setting a record high.
A federal lawsuit was recently filed against the agreement implemented by Barr, which included pain and distress risks associated with the lethal injection of pentobarbital.
The Trump administration marks the first time in 17 years that someone has died in a federal execution.
In 120 years, no other president has overseen so many executions.
Trump’s most notorious execution was Dustin Higgs, who was killed less than a week before Trump left office.
The main concern of investigators came from the different statements made by the executioners and witnesses.
The executioners of the 13 murdered prisoners compared the death penalty to falling asleep and a slight snoring.
However, media reports and other witnesses described how prisoners’ stomachs tumbling, trembling, and trembling from the injection, including Higgs, who was executed in Indiana.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons declined to comment on how it obtained pentobarbital for lethal injection.
Joe Biden himself stated that he opposes the death penalty and is working hard to implement policies to stop executions during his tenure.