Trump administration reinstates death penalty for federal crimes

The Trump administration has reinstated the US government’s power to order the death penalty for federal crimes – and has started by immediately scheduling five executions.

It is the first time central government has been able to authorise capital punishment since 2003.

“Congress has expressly authorised the death penalty through legislation adopted by the people’s representatives in both houses of Congress and signed by the president,” attorney general William Barr said in a statement.

President Trump has been wanting to increase the use of the death penalty for drug traffickers and gunmen who carry out mass shootings.

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Source: SKY NEWS

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