US speeds up execution of death sentences ahead of Trump’s departure

The US Department of Justice enacts an amendment facilitating the execution of death sentences in the final days of Donald Trump’s term.

As published on Wednesday by the American newspaper The New York Times (NYT), the amendment will be published next Friday in the Federal Register and, specifically, gives federal prosecutors more options to accelerate the executions of prisoners sentenced to death.

The regulations allow the Government to carry out executions by means of poison gas, electrocution, shooting, among others, even to use “any other manner prescribed by the law of the state in which the sentence was imposed.”

Lethal injection is the most used way to execute these prisoners, according to data compiled by the US NGO, Center for Information on the Death Penalty.

Trump is one of the staunch defenders of the death penalty. The British newspaper The Independent, In an article published on November 11, he expressed concern over attempts of the outgoing US president for breaking the federal execution rate in the North American country.

However, the president-elect of the United States, Democrat Joe Biden, during his election campaign, promised to work to pass legislation that eliminates capital punishment at the federal level.

In July 2019, the Republican magnate announced that he would activate federal executions after 16 years without using them, with the aim of “bringing justice to the victims of the most horrible crimes,” as indicated by the attorney general, William Barr.

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