Ex-judges, families of murder victims, call for halt to U.S. federal death penalty
The relatives of murder victims, along with former judges and corrections officials, asked President Donald Trump and his attorney general on Tuesday to halt federal executions, at least for now, citing concerns about how the penalty is carried out.
“We are chilled by the prospect that people will be killed in the name of our federal government despite serious questions about the fairness and reliability of the system that condemned them,” some 65 former state and federal judges wrote to Trump and Attorney General William Barr.
The letter was one of three sent to the White House in advance of the first federal executions scheduled since George W. Bush’s first term as president.
13th November 2019