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US DOJ schedules three more executions in lame-duck period in face of Biden objections
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US DOJ schedules three more executions in lame-duck period in face of Biden objections

The US Department of Justice Friday scheduled three more executions of federal prison inmates during the lame-duck period before President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated on January 20, adding to two previously scheduled for December that have not yet taken place. Since US Attorney-General William Barr announced the resumption of federal executions this past July after a 17-year long hiatus, a total eight federal executions have been carried out.

The executions of Alfred Bourgeois, Cory Johnson and Dustin Higgs are slated for December 11th, and January 14th and 15th respectively. Bourgeois sexually molested, tortured and murdered his two and a half-year-old daughter; Johnson, a cocaine dealer, was convicted for multiple murders; Higgs was convicted for ordering the murder of 3 women in 1996.

Biden has repeatedly spoken out against the federal use of capital punishment. During the 2020 election campaign he pledged to work on federal legislation to eliminate the death penalty.