Democrat Lawmakers Urge US Attorney General to Stop Seeking Death Penalty

As a part of their ongoing effort, Democrat lawmakers in the House of Representatives and Senate wrote to Attorney General Merrick Garland on Monday, urging him to lead the Department of Justice (DOJ) to abolish the death penalty. In early July, Garland paused federal executions while a review of its policies and procedures were conducted. “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,” Attorney General Garland said in a memo to the Justice Department (pdf). “Serious concerns have been raised about the continued use of the death penalty across the country, including arbitrariness in its application, disparate impact on people of color, and the troubling number of exonerations in capital and other serious cases.” The Democrats assert that Garland and the …Read More

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