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These Are The 3 Ordered Ag Ag Inmates, Be Executed Before The Anti-death Penalty, Biden Admin



Attorney General Bill Barr on Friday scheduled three death row inmates’ executions, and each will take place shortly ahead of President-elect Joe Biden taking office on January 20. The move runs counter to Biden’s plans to stop the death penalty.

Barr directed the Federal Bureau of Prisons to schedule the executions. A press release by the Department of Justice detailed the three men being sentenced to death: Dustin John Higgs, Cory Johnson and Alfred Bourgeois. All of their executions are now scheduled for December and January.

Bourgeois is being sentenced for abusing, torturing and murdering his own daughter. He had taken his two-year-old daughter with him for a trucking route, where he abused her by “punching her in the face, whipping her with an electrical cord and burning the bottom of her foot with a cigarette lighter,” according to a DOJ press release. He killed his daughter in July 2002 by slamming her head against a truck window and dashboard, after she knocked over a training toilet.

Bourgeois had been found guilty and sentenced to death in March 2004. He had previously been scheduled to be executed in January 2020, but that was delayed for legal reasons. His execution is now scheduled for December 11 in Indiana via lethal injection.

Biden reiterated his stance on the death penalty on Saturday. “The president-elect opposes the death penalty, now and in the future, and as president will work to end its use,” his campaign press secretary TJ Ducklo said in a statement to Axios.

Newsweek reached out to the Department of Justice via an Office of Public Affairs contact form, but did not receive a response in time for publication.

Abraham Bonowitz of Columbus, Ohio, joins fellow members of the Abolitionist Action Committee during an annual protest and hunger strike against the death penalty outside the U.S. Supreme Court July 1, 2019 in Washington, DC.
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Update 11/21/20 3:15 p.m. EST: This story has been updated to include the statement from Biden’s press secretary about the president-elect’s stance on the death penalty.



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