As expected, President Joe Biden’s Justice Department under Attorney General Merrick Garland has reversed the death penalty for at least a dozen federal cases this year, which is about a quarter of the total federal death penalty cases.
The Supreme Court is currently considering whether to reinstate the death penalty for the Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
“President Biden made clear, as he did on the campaign trail, that he has grave concerns about whether capital punishment, as currently implemented, is consistent with the values that are fundamental to our sense of justice and fairness. He’s also expressed his horror at the events of that day and … Tsarnaev’s actions,” Press Secretary Jen Psaki said.
In July, Garland expressed “serious concerns” about the “death penalty across the country, including arbitrariness in its application, disparate impact on people of color and the troubling number of exonerations in capital and other serious cases.”
“Those weighty concerns deserve careful study and evaluation by lawmakers,” Garland said. “In the meantime, the department must take care to scrupulously maintain our commitment to fairness and humane treatment in the administration of existing federal laws governing capital sentences.”
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