The Justice Department said Barr has directed the Federal Bureau of Prisons to adopt a proposed addendum to the Federal Execution Protocol that will clear the way for the executions. Barr has also directed the bureau of prisons to schedule the executions of five death-row inmates.
“Congress has expressly authorized the death penalty through legislation adopted by the people’s representatives in both houses of Congress and signed by the President,” Barr said in a statement.
He added: “Under administrations of both parties, the Department of Justice has sought the death penalty against the worst criminals, including these five murderers, each of whom was convicted by a jury of his peers after a full and fair proceeding. The Justice Department upholds the rule of law—and we owe it to the victims and their families to carry forward the sentence imposed by our justice system.”
While Barr is simply upholding the rule of law, predictably the left is reacting hyperbolically. As Senator Elizabeth Warren tweeted:
Our criminal justice system has a long history of mistakes when it comes to capital punishment—especially when it comes to Black and Brown people. We cannot let a broken system decide the fate of incarcerated Americans. I oppose the death penalty. https://t.co/ASCKO3k7ET— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) July 25, 2019
The reality is quite different. Contrary to Warren’s racism claims, the first person scheduled to be executed is a racist. As Senator Cotton tweeted:
.@ewarren, I hate to break the news, but the first murderer facing execution is an Aryan Nation white supremacist. He brutally murdered an 8-year-old Arkansas girl & her parents. *Clinton DOJ* sought death penalty. Dems have lost their mind since the 1990s. https://t.co/LNA5mzzYWh
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) July 26, 2019
Regardless of views of the death penalty, Attorney General Barr is simply upholding the rule of law and for that once again liberals are falsely calling a Republican racist.