Merrick Garland Grilled on Ending Death Penalty for Domestic Terrorists

Merrick Garland Grilled on Ending Death Penalty for Domestic Terrorists


Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland struggled Monday with questions about the death penalty during his confirmation hearing in the Senate.

Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) questioned Garland about the death penalty, noting Biden’s publicly stated support for a death penalty moratorium.

Cotton noted that Garland worked on the case against domestic terrorist and white supremacist Timothy McVeigh for the bombing of a government building in Oklahoma City and asked if he believed it was a mistake to level the death penalty.

Garland confirmed he supported the death penalty at that time.

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“I don’t have any regret but I have developed concerns about the death penalty in the twenty-some years since then,” he said.

Garland expressed his concern about the racial disparities in death penalty cases.

Cotton continued his line of questioning, raising the high-profile prosecution of Dylann Roof for the massacre of nine black Americans at a Charleston church.

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