A first-time democratic congressman says she will introduce a bill prohibiting the death penalty in the federal government's criminal justice system, just 24 hours after the Justice Department announced it had planned its first executions since 2003.
The bill, about 70 words long, states that & # 39; no one may be sentenced to death or put to death … for any violation of federal law. & # 39;
It would also require resistance for any criminal awaiting execution for federal crimes.
& # 39; The death penalty does not belong in a just society & # 39 ;, said Pressley, an African-American legislator in Massachusetts, on Twitter. She called the restoration of the death penalty a & # 39; racist, vile policy & # 39; and blamed & # 39; racist rhetoric of the @WhiteHouse resident. & # 39;
& # 39; It was wrong then and it is wrong now. Cruelty is the point – this is of design. & # 39;
The Ministry of Justice of the Trump government announced on Thursday that five men convicted of killing children and the elderly, and in some cases torturing and raping them, now know the dates on which they themselves will die.
The executions will be carried out by lethal injection using the drug pentobarbitol, according to a source from the Ministry of Justice.
Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Ayanna Pressley will introduce legislation prohibiting the death penalty in the federal criminal justice system
The federal government has only executed three people since a decision of the Supreme Court in 1976 reinstating the sentence; one of them was the bomber from Oklahoma City, Timothy McVeigh; depicted is California's deadly injection chamber, which was decommissioned this year
Attorney General William Barr has announced that he has planned five executions to resume the use of the death penalty by the Justice Department
& # 39; Congress has explicitly approved the death penalty by legislation passed by the people's representatives in both houses of Congress and signed by the president, & # 39; Attorney General William Barr said in a statement.
& # 39; The Department of Justice upholds the rule of law – and we owe it to the victims and their families to continue the punishment imposed by our justice system & he said.
One black man is one of the five prisoners in death row named Thursday in the DOJ statement. Another is an Indian. The other three are white.
Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar – who, like Pressley, is a member of & # 39; the team & # 39 ;, a quartet of young and liberal congress women who regularly cross swords with President Donald Trump, destroyed proponents of the death penalty on Thursday.
& # 39; The death penalty is a horrible, totalitarian practice that is often used against innocent people, & # 39; Omar claimed.
& # 39; It is the definition of & # 39; cruel and unusual punishment & # 39 ;. It has no place in 21st-century America or anywhere else in the world. & # 39;
Former vice president Joe Biden supported the federal laws that made the death penalty available to prosecutors in the cases of four out of five men now scheduled to die; capital punishment will be an issue in the Democratic presidential primary 2020, and Biden this week undoes its decades of support for executing the most horrific killers
The Justie Department noted on Thursday that all five men who are now scheduled to die have exhausted their legal profession.
Four of them were eligible for the death penalty during their federal trials for anti-crime law provisions that former vice president Joe Biden supported.
NBC News reported Thursday that this week Biden has reversed his position on the death penalty.
The death penalty was stopped by the Supreme Court in 1972 following the decision of Furman v. Georgia, but was again allowed under the decision of Gregg v. Georgia in 1976.
Since the 1976 decision, only three people have been executed under federal jurisdiction, the first being Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh in 2001. In the same period, US states killed nearly 1,500 people.
The last federal prisoner to be executed was Louis Jones Jr., a former soldier who was killed by a deadly injection in 2003 for the kidnapping, rape, and murder of 19-year-old Army Private Tracie Joy McBride.
The five men who have now been convicted of the federal death penalty are all being held in death row in the American prison, Terre Haute, in Indiana.
Daniel Lewis Lee
Daniel Lewis Lee killed a family of three, including an eight-year-old girl
Lee, a 46-year-old member of the white supremacist group Aryan Peoples & Republic, killed a family of three, including an eight-year-old girl.
Together with another member of the group, Lee dressed in police raid clothing and was waiting for gun dealer William Mueller in his home in Arkansas in 1996, according to court documents.
When the Muellers returned, Lee and his accomplice Mueller and his wife Nancy overpowered.
They then roasted the couple's young daughter, Sarah Powell, about where to find cash, weapons, and ammunition.
Home invaders found and picked up around $ 50,000 in cash, weapons and ammunition.
After he robbed the victims and tortured them with a stun gun, Lee covered their heads with plastic bags, sealed the bags with duct tape, weighed each victim with stones, and threw the family of three into the Illinois Bayou.
On May 4, 1999, a jury from the American District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas found Lee guilty of numerous violations, including three counts of murder in support of racketeering, and was sentenced to death.
The implementation of Lee is scheduled for December 9, 2019.
Lezmond Charles Mitchell
Mitchell, 37, killed a 63-year-old grandmother and forced her nine-year-old granddaughter to sit next to her lifeless body for a 30 to 40-mile ride.
Mitchell then cut the girl's throat twice, crushed her head with 20-pound rocks, and cut and buried the heads and hands of both victims.
In October 2001, Mitchell and accomplices decided to rob a trading post on the Arizona side of the Navajo reservation and look for a vehicle to steal to use in the robbery, according to legal documents.
Grandmother Alyce Slim and her nine-year-old granddaughter were traveling to see a medicine woman in the reserve when they apparently picked up Mitchell as a hitchhiker.
Mitchell killed grandmother Alyce Slim and her nine-year-old granddaughter to steal her truck for use in the raid of this trading post on the Navajo Indian reservation
When Slim stopped at Sawmill, Arizona to let Mitchell and an accomplice out of the car, the men started stabbing her a total of 33 times as she tried to ward off the attack.
Once dead, her body was pulled into the back seat. The granddaughter was placed next to her. Mitchell drove the truck into the mountains with the girl next to her grandmother's body.
Slim & # 39; s body was pulled out there. The girl was ordered from the truck and was ordered by Mitchell to lie down and die & # 39 ;, according to a testimony from the court.
Mitchell cut the girl's throat twice, but she didn't die. He and the accomplice then dropped large stones on her head, which killed her. Twenty pounds of stones with blood tied to the girl were found near the dismembered bodies.
Three days later, Mitchell and two other men robbed the Red Rock trading post, driving off in the Slim truck, which they later burned.
On May 8, 2003, a jury in the Arizona District Court of America found Mitchell guilty of numerous crimes, including first-degree murder, crime murder, and carjacking resulting in murder, and was sentenced to death.
The execution of Mitchell is planned on December 11, 2019.
Wesley Ira Purkey
Purkey, 67, has violently raped and murdered a 16-year-old girl and then tore it apart, burned it and dumped the young girl's body into a septic pond.
According to Purkey's confession to the FBI, he drove from his home in Kansas to Kansas City, Missouri, on January 22, 1998, for an interview at a plumbing company.
After the interview, Purkey smoked half a rock crack and started driving down the street as he passed 16-year-old Jennifer Long who was walking on the sidewalk.
Wesley Ira Purkey, 67, has violently raped and murdered a 16-year-old girl and then tore up, burned and dumped the young girl's body in a septic pond
He stopped asking Jennifer if she wanted to & # 39; party & # 39; and then took her to a liquor store to buy her gin and orange juice.
After he bought her the gin, Jennifer, he had to go back to his home in Kansas. She asked to be released from his truck.
Instead, Purkey reached into the glove box, grabbed a bone knife and placed it under his thigh, threatening the girl and making it clear that she could not leave.
When they arrived at his home in Lansing, about 30 miles away, Purkey took Jennifer to a room in his basement.
He held a knife and ordered her to take off her clothes and lie down on the floor where he raped her.
Jennifer Long, 16, was a virgin when Purkey raped her, killed her, and split her up
After Purkey ended the despicable sexual assault, Jennifer told him she had been a virgin.
He confessed that he was frightened then and when Jennifer tried to escape from his house, he grabbed her leg and forced her to the ground.
The two struggled shortly before Purkey became furious and repeatedly stabbed Jennifer in the chest, neck and face with the boning knife, and finally broke the knife into her body.
When he confessed, he told FBI agent Dirk Tarpley: & # 39; It's not like in the movies. They don't die right away. It took her some time to die. & # 39;
Purkey dissected Jenny's body with a chainsaw and tried to burn the body parts in his fireplace while his wife and stepchildren were at work and at school.
He was also sentenced to court for using a claw hammer to club an 80-year-old woman suffering from polio and walking with a cane.
On November 5, 2003, a jury in the US court of western Missouri district found Purkey guilty of abducting a child resulting in the child's death, and was sentenced to death.
The implementation of Purkey is scheduled for December 13, 2019.
Bourgeois, 55, was physically and emotionally tortured, sexually abused, and then his two and a half year old daughter beaten to death.
In May 2002, a court in Texas ordered Bourgeois to pay Katrina Harrison $ 160 a month in child benefits for the young daughter, a paternity test recently proven to be the father.
The court also granted Bourgeois request for visiting rights with the girl for the next seven weeks, and he took custody of her that afternoon.
The girl briefly stayed with Bourgeois, his wife and their two children in their home in Louisiana – but the family and the two-year-old girl soon left with Bourgeois on his long-distance freight route.
Bourgeois systematically abused and tortured his two-year-old daughter in various ways and became fixated on her toilet training, according to court documents.
Her training pot became the girl's primary seat during the day and Bourgeois even forced her to sleep on it when they traveled at night.
Bourgeois, a long-distance truck driver, killed his two-year-old daughter at Marine Corpus Christi Station (above) while delivering a delivery. He claimed that she fell out of his big gear
He slapped her face in the face with enough force to give her black eyes. He hit her with an electric cord and hit her with a belt so hard that it broke.
The court heard that Bourgeois hit her in the head so often with a plastic baseball bat that her head was swollen like a football.
There were also indications of sexual abuse. A friend of the family pointed to blood in the girl's diaper, a doctor found to be from external irritation of the vagina, although he could not specifically determine if abuse was taking place. After her death, a rectal smear of the girl was positive for sperm.
On July 26, 2002, the Bourgeois family came to their home in Louisiana, where Bourgeois found a court order that ordered him to pay $ 519.99 in child benefits to his ex-wife.
The family continued on Bourgeois & # 39; s truck route and arrived the next morning at the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station to deliver a shipment, where he became angry with the girl for dropping her potty.
Bourgeois slapped the girl in the cab of his truck and then tried to claim that she died in a fall of the truck.
On March 16, 2004, a jury in the US District Court of the Southern District of Texas found Bourgeois guilty of multiple crimes, including murder, and was sentenced to death.
The execution of Bourgeois is planned for January 13, 2020.
Dustin Lee Honken
Honken, 51, shot and killed five people – two men who intended to testify against him and a single working mother and her ten- and six-year-old daughters.
In 1993, Honken operated a methamphetamine lab in Arizona when one of the two dealers he used for distribution, Greg Nicholson, was pinched by the police and became an informer, according to court documents.
Honken was arrested on charges of the state, but made a bond. Once free, he embarked on a desperate hunt for Nicholson, who was in hiding with Lori Duncan, a single mother who raised her two girls, 10-year-old Kandi and 6-year-old Amber.
On July 25, 1993, Nicholson, Duncan, Kandi, and Amber suddenly disappeared.
Five days later, Honken appeared before his plea, but refused to plead guilty.
Honken told his lawyer that he heard a rumor that Nicholson had skipped the city. Honken also gave his lawyer a VHS tape from Nicholson stating that Honken was not guilty of the charges against him.
Dustin Lee Honken is scheduled for federal implementation on January 15, 2020
The government turned its attention to the other possible witness against Honken: his other dealer, Terry De Geus.
De Geus disappeared on November 5, 1993.
After another informant wore a thread and caught Honken, referring to the elimination of the witnesses against him, Honk's bail was revoked.
While in prison, Honken admitted to other prisoners that he had killed witnesses to avoid earlier charges. Honken elaborated on the murders.
Using prison informants, researchers discovered the bodies of Nicholson and the Duncan family buried in a single hole in a wooded area outside Mason City.
Kandi and Amber each had a single bullet hole in the back of their mind.
Nicholson and Duncan were tied, gagged and shot several times, including one in the head.
DeGeus's body was found in a field a few miles away, facing down into a shallow hole with a severely fragmented skull that had been shot one or more times.
On October 14, 2004, a jury from the US District Court for the Northern District of Iowa Honken found guilty of countless crimes, including five counts of murder during a continuing criminal enterprise, and was sentenced to death.
The implementation of Honken is scheduled for January 15, 2020.
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