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WASHINGTON: There are just some people that deserve to die. That need to stop sucking the oxygen out of the room. Consider Timothy McVeigh, (born April 23, 1968, Pendleton, New York, U.S.—died June 11, 2001, Terre Haute, Indiana) McVeigh is an American militant who carried out the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995. The explosion, fueled by fertilizer and fuel oil, killed 168 people – including dozens of children in a daycare center.
It was the deadliest terrorist incident on U.S. soil, until the September 11 attacks in 2001.
Terry Nichols and Michael Fortier, friends from his days in the army, the trio sold guns at fairs throughout the United States. In March 1993 McVeigh drove to Waco, Texas, to observe the ongoing FBI siege of the Branch Davidian Compound. McVeigh saw the government’s action in Waco as illegal.
Making contacts with militia groups, Nichols, Fortier, and McVeigh began plotting to destroy the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. On April 19, 1995, the second anniversary of the deadly fire that ended the Branch Davidian siege, McVeigh parked the truck containing the bomb in front of the Murrah Building. At 9:02 AM, the bomb went off, tearing off the front of the building, killing 168 people, and injuring more than 500.
McVeigh was sentenced to death on June 13, 1997. Later that year, Terry Nichols was found guilty of conspiracy and eight counts of involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to life in prison.
On June 11, 2001, McVeigh became the first federal prisoner to be executed since 1963.
Regardless of how you feel about the death penalty, it is hard to argue that it would be a better place if Timothy McVeigh was still breathing. Even if behind bars. Some may argue that life in a concrete and metal cell measured in feet is a far worse sentence.
The last person the federal government executed was Louis Jones, Jr., a US Army soldier who was killed following his conviction of rape and murder of Pvt. Tracie McBride, a soldier. His lawyers argued that due to sexual abuse as a child and PTSD as a decorated war veteran, he was not responsible for his action.
This was in 2003 and under President George W. Bush. (Should Louis Jones Die? – Newsweek) But that is all about to change.
The execution of convicted offenders is normally left to the States.
As of April 2019, Death Penalty Info. says that we have 2,673 persons – men and women, mostly men. Racially white and black prisoners are close (42.04% White; 41.53% Black) In 2018 Gallup reported that 56% of American approve of capital punishment. In 1995, the use of execution had 80% approval. Despite claims that the death penalty is not an effective deterrent to crime. However, the evidence of whether it does or does not is not conclusive. (Does the Death Penalty Deter Crime?)
The men now sentenced to die at the hands of the federal government include:
Daniel Lewis Lee – a white supremacist who was convicted in Arkansas for murdering a family of three, including an 8-year-old girl.
Lesmond Mitchell – convicted of murdering a 63-year-old grandmother, and her nine-year-old daughter. Before slicing the girls throat, Mitchell made her sit next to her dead grandmother as they drove around.
Wesley Ira Purkey – convicted of the rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl.
Alfred Bourgeois – who killed his two and a half-year-old daughter.
Dustin Lee Honken – convicted of killing five people – including a mother and two daughters.
These executions will begin in December; Lee’s execution date is December 9.
The Death Penalty Information Center says there are 62 people, including Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and AME Church shooter Dylann Roof on Federal Death Row. Tsarnaev is at the Supermax Prison in Colorado. Roof has been moved to Terre Haute. The racial makeup of those 62 inmates is 43.6% white, 41.9% black and 11.3% Latino.
Those sitting on Federal Death Row have been convicted of particularly heinous crimes.
An example of those crimes are:
Daniel Troya and Ricard Sanchez, Jr. (2015) – Convicted and sentenced to death for involvement in the drug-related killings of a family, including two children.
Jurijus Kadamovas and Louri Mikhel (2007) – Convicted and sentenced to death for his involvement in the killings and kidnappings-for-ransom of five Russian and Georgian immigrants. (Co-defendant of Jurijus Kadamovas.)
Alfred Bourgeois (2004) – Convicted and sentenced to death for abuse leading to the death of his daughter at a military base.
Most Federal Death Penalty convicts are housed at the US Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana the location of the federal death chamber. Those on Federal Death Row are guilty of Federal Laws. They may also be sentenced to death by their State laws. However, if the crime was convicted in a non-death state, it does not save the convicted person from the ultimate penalty.
There are some 43 Federal offenses that provide for death penalty punishment.
8 U.S.C. § 1342(B)(iv) – Bringing in and harboring certain aliens resulting in death
18 U.S.C. § 351 – Murder of a member of Congress, an important executive official, or a Supreme Court Justice.
18 U.S.C. § 1201 – Murder during a kidnapping.
18 U.S.C. § 1751 – Assassination or kidnapping resulting in the death of the President or Vice President.
18 U.S.C. § 2251 – Murder related to sexual exploitation of children.
18 U.S.C. § 2381 -Treason.
According to Death Penalty Information: There are no prisoners on the federal row for treason or air piracy.
Only Tsarnov sentence relates to terrorism. The only woman on Federal Death Row is Lisa Montgomery (2007 – Missouri) who was sentenced for the murder of a pregnant woman in order to steal her unborn child.
The individuals under federal sentences of death include defendants who were already serving long state prison sentences for the same homicide, those who were prosecuted in federal court because the vehicle used in a carjacking was once shipped through interstate commerce, and others whose case involved the death of an intimate partner. A number of federal death sentences were prosecuted in states that have abolished the death penalty.
A Justice Department official does confirm that early in the Trump administration, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered the Federal Bureau of Prisons to examine what steps might be required to resume the use of the death penalty. Sessions also called on federal prosecutors to seek the death penalty when bringing cases against drug dealers and traffickers as part of a strategy to help combat the opioid crisis.
In reinstating a policy that has been dormant for two-decades-long, the executions of the five noted inmates have been scheduled. Each of these inmates has exhausted their appellate and post-conviction remedies. The five that will be executed will be put to death with a lethal injection using a single drug: pentobarbital.
“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,” Attorney General William Barr said in a statement.
“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.”
Treason is a death penalty crime
The reinstatement of the Federal Death Penalty will bring up much debate. Each of the Democrat presidential candidates has commented against the Federal Death Penalty reinstatement. Even Joe Biden, who is in the midst of yet another flip-flop. Biden was a supporter of a tough 1992 Crime Bill that included 62 Death Penalty offenses.
As the Mueller report continues to erode into sawdust, those politicians behind the fake Russian Dossier and who jump on CNN and MSNBC in order to charge the president of treason, while being guilty of the same, might want to pull back the rhetoric. (MSNBC’s O’Donnell: President Trump Commits Treason By Siding With North Korea Over CIA)