Federal executions re-start

After a 16 year suspension, the US federal government is going to start executions once more. The first five in line for the death penalty have been nominated by the US Department of Justice and they all were found guilty of murdering children. The execution programme will start in December.

First up, on 9 December, will be Daniel Lee, who is 46. A white supremacist, Lee was convicted in 1999 of killing a gun dealer, along with his wife and eight year-old daughter. The other four will follow in quick succession.

Attorney General William Barr said that instead of the usual combination of three drugs, federal executioners will now use pentobarbital, a single drug used by states including Georgia, Missouri and Texas.

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