3 NEW FEDERAL EXECUTIONS SET IN LAME DUCK PRESIDENCY

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“This is so unnecessary that it begs the question, why is President Trump engaging in such an unprecedented execution spree? It must be a power trip.”

November 20, 2020

For Immediate Release

Contact: Allison Cohen, allison@deathpenaltyaction.org 513–787–9399

Statement of Abraham Bonowitz, Death Penalty Action

This evening three more federal death row prisoners were transferred to death watch at the federal prison complex at Terre Haute to await execution dates during the lame duck presidency of Donald Trump. This makes five federal prisoners awaiting execution on top of eight already killed since July.

“The Trump administration is practically over, and now they’ve set three more execution dates,” said Abraham Bonowitz, director of Death Penalty Action, the anti-death penalty group that has been mobilizing public oppostion to federal executions.

“The public is safe from dangerous individuals and holds them accountable to their crimes without executions in the vast majority of cases,” said Bonowitz. “This is so unnecessary that it begs the question, why is President Trump engaging in such an unprecedented execution spree? It must be a power trip. The amazing thing is that President Trump has not said anything publicly about any of these executions, and yet he has always had a morbid fascination and blustery rhetoric when it comes to the death penalty.”

Orlando Hall’s execution on November 19th was the first execution under a lame duck president since 1889, when Grover Cleveland was ending his first term 131 years ago. Until July 14, 2020, no federal executions had taken place since 2003.There have now been eight executions within 18 weeks, a number equal to all of the executions carried out in the entire eight year term of President Eisenhower.

“President Trump is already the most-executing president since the 1950’s, so he’s got his record as the biggest and the best. Perhaps President Trump is now gunning to beat President Roosevelt, who oversaw 17 federal executions, and those were during World War 2,” said Bonowitz. “Seriously, no further executions are necessary. We call upon President Trump and Attorney General Barr to stop them all. Just stop.”

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