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Five federal executions are scheduled during the waning weeks of President Donald Trump’s time in office — potentially breaking a long-standing norm not to carry out federal death sentences during a lame-duck period.
The U.S. Department of Justice has authorized eight federal executions since July, the Associated Press reports. In July 2019, Attorney General William Barr announced the DOJ would resume capital punishment after a nearly 20-year pause in federal executions.
The first of the five to be carried out before Trump leaves office is scheduled for Tuesday, and two are scheduled within the week before President-elect Joe Biden’s Jan. 20, 2021, inauguration.
‘Inconsistent with American norms’
If all five are carried out, Trump’s administration will have authorized 13 federal executions in six months.
That would be the most federal executions in a year since 1896, when former President Grover Cleveland’s administration carried out 16, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, a nonprofit that tracks death penalty cases across the U.S