NBC News reports:
Attorney General Merrick Garland ordered a temporary stop Thursday to scheduling further federal executions.
In a memo to senior officials, he said serious concerns have arisen about the arbitrariness of capital punishment, its disparate impact on people of color, and “the troubling number of exonerations” in death penalty cases.
“The Department of Justice must ensure that everyone in the federal criminal justice system is not only afforded the rights guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States but is also treated fairly and humanly,” he said.
Read the full article.
Garland’s review will also reconsider Barr’s post-election order potentially allowing the use of firing squads in executions https://t.co/6a2upHHOn7
— Intelligencer (@intelligencer) July 2, 2021