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Barr Orders U.S. to Resume Executions in Some Federal Cases

July 25, 2019, 2:29 PMUpdated: July 25, 2019, 2:54 PM

Attorney General William Barr ordered the U.S. government to resume executions of people on federal death row after a 16-year hiatus, and lethal-injection dates were set for five convicted murderers.

The inmates scheduled to be put to death beginning in December were “convicted of murdering, and in some cases torturing and raping, the most vulnerable in our society -- children and the elderly,” the Justice Department said in a statement July 25.

The last federal prisoner was executed in 2003. A botched execution by the state of Oklahoma in 2014 prompted former President Barack Obama to review federal capital punishment ...