After nearly two decades without a federal execution, Attorney General Bill Barr promised to get things moving again — and last week, he issued an order to the federal Bureau of Prisons giving them the OK to carry out the death penalty even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Washington Examiner reported. Now, as could be expected, those on the left are going nuts to stop it.
In fact, even foreign countries are getting involved. According to a Friday report from the Examiner, the European Union (EU) released a statement condemning Barr’s Justice Department for planning “to resume the federal death penalty after a 17-year hiatus.”
“The European Union strongly opposes the decision of the United States Department of Justice to resume the federal death penalty after a 17-year hiatus,” the EU said Friday, according to the Examiner.
They went on: “We urge the U.S. administration to reconsider and not proceed with the federal executions due to take place starting on 13 July.”
Abolishing the death penalty?
The EU’s statement referred to a series of four executions planned for the coming weeks — three this month, and one in August. The first was slated to occur Monday, but a series of recent court rulings have complicated matters.
Now, the EU wants the U.S. to pull back from the death penalty altogether.
“This decision runs counter to the overall trend in the United States and worldwide to abolish the death penalty, either by law or in practice,” the international organization wrote in its Friday statement, the Examiner reported.
The EU went on to condemn the death penalty as “cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment” that it said should be opposed “in all circumstances.”
“We owe it to the victims”
But in a statement of his own last month, Barr made clear that he’s not budging when it comes to serving justice.
“The American people, acting through Congress and Presidents of both political parties, have long instructed that defendants convicted of the most heinous crimes should be subject to a sentence of death,” Barr wrote, as the Examiner reported. “We owe it to the victims of these horrific crimes, and to the families left behind, to carry forward the sentence imposed by our justice system.”
Those set for execution by the federal government include four murderers who were each convicted of crimes involving children, one as young as 6 years old, according to Barr’s statement. The executions are set to be carried out at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Others who have been put to death at the Terre Haute penitentiary include Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and drug kingpin Juan Raul Garza, both of whom were executed in 2001, according to The New York Times.