Justice Department schedules three more federal executions

Justice Department schedules three more federal executions

The Justice Department late Friday scheduled three more federal executions, including two inmates set to die just days before presumptive President-elect Joseph R. Biden takes over in January.

Since the Trump administration resumed the use of capital punishment after a 17-year hiatus, eight inmates have been put to death. An additional two more inmates are scheduled to die before the end of the year.

If all remaining executions take place, the Trump administration will have killed 13 federal inmates in under a year, the most in U.S. history.

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Democrats and advocacy groups have demanded the Trump administration halt federal executions during the transition period before Mr. Biden takes office. However, Friday night’s announcement shows the Trump administration has ignored such calls.

“President Trump is already the most-executing president since the 1950s, 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

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