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Attorney General Merrick Garland places moratorium on federal executions

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U.S. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland issued a moratorium on federal executions, while a review of the Justice Department’s policies and procedures is pending.

“The Department of Justice must ensure that everyone in the federal criminal justice system is not only afforded the rights guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States, but is also treated fairly and humanely,” Garland said. “That obligation has special force in capital cases.”

In the last two years, the Justice Department made changes to capital case policies and procedures, and it carried out the first federal executions in nearly two decades between July 2020 and January 2021.

Justice adopted a new protocol for administering lethal injections at the federal Bureau of Prisons, using the drug pentobarbital.

Attorney General Garland’s directive orders his department to do a multi-pronged review of these recent policy changes, including:

  • Assessing, among other things, the risk of pain and suffering associated with the use of pentobarbital.
  • A review coordinated by the Office of Legal Policy to consider changes to Justice Department regulations made in November 2020 that expanded the permissible methods of execution beyond lethal injection, and authorized the use of state facilities and personnel in federal executions.
  • A review of the Justice Manual’s capital case provisions, including the December 2020 and January 2021 changes to expedite execution of capital sentences.

No federal executions will be scheduled while the reviews are pending, he said, and there is no definite date for when they will begin again.

Garland could have been appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, as he was nominated in 2016 by President Barack Obanma. His nomination was blocked by conservative senators in 2016. This year, he was nominated by President Joe Biden to be U.S. Attorney General, and Alaska’s delegation was split: Lisa Murkowski voted yes while Dan Sullivan voted no. The Senate confirmed Garland, 70-30.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Yet the victims and their families have no rights. Garland is an idiot and if I were these families I would sue him.

  • Does the moratorium include nuking, orr using F15s to bomb gun owners?

  • Mitch McConnell sure saved us from this fool in spite of Leeza.

  • This idiot almost became a Supreme Court justice.

  • So is he also claiming he’s pro life

    • Yes, more hypocrisy, and it’s seen on both side of the isle unfortunately.

  • I am happily surprised by this action taken by AG Garland. I would hope that this affirmation of the sacredness of human life and protecting Constitutional rights might also extend to those yet in the womb.

  • This is why the lad isn’t a supreme Court Justice. He’s just too far left. Too tough on the rats he says. I don’t know how a society can foster someone like him.

  • They sure didn’t have a problem whacking ol’ Jeffrey Epstein. That guy was a goner in no time once the fear of him spilling the beans came about.

  • Can you believe the Dems try to sell him as a “moderate”? This guy is a way out lefty. I guess in reality there are no such thing as moderates in the democrat party.

    Then again, Old Joe sold himself as a moderate too.

    I am never amazed at how far left this administration is willing to go.

  • Gotta wonder if that includes McAffee,too?

  • Yeah, whaddabout, “Kill ’em all, let God sort ’em out?”
    I remember Shrub saying something like, “I’m confident Texas never executed an innocent man.”
    Oops! Who pays when that goes south? Bush? The prosecutor? The jury? The United States Supreme Court?
    But, I guess you can always say, “Is anyone truly innocent?”
    Back to statement one.

    • Greg R, Seems we are “killing them all” as it were here and now in America already. Please review your statement, number one in context to the 50 million abortions since Roe vs Wade.

      50 million killings is a number that Super Killers like Stalin, and Mao would be proud of, much less their junior death merchants like Hitler and Pol-Pot. Perhaps we should ponder the question of what happens to a society when the value of all Human life is lessened?

      I would hope that you could join us in saying that you value ALL human life. This protection of life extends from the violent incarcerated murderer to the baby in the womb. To sum things up, just say ” I am so pro-life, I am in opposition of the Death Penalty: Yes, then let us allow God to ” Sort things out”…

  • Does this mean that the federal government is no longer pushing the experimental and unproven COVID-1984 vaccines?

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