1. Federal government brings back death penalty, orders 5 executions

    Federal government brings back death penalty, orders 5 executions

    The federal government announced Thursday it would resume capital punishment after a 16-year pause and promptly ordered the execution of several federal inmates convicted in gruesome killings.

    Attorney General William Barr directed the Federal Bureau of Prisons to prepare the executions of five men who were found guilty of murdering children in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The soon-to-be-executed inmates include a father who tortured, molested and fatally beat his own 2-year-old daughter; a man who raped, murdered, dismembered and burned a teenage girl; and a white supremacist who robbed a family, covered their heads with plastic bags and threw them in a bayou.

    Barr said a newly revised federal execution protocol “closely mirrors” death penalty practices by several ...

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