US President Donald Trump has overseen a series of federal executions this year and breaks a 130-year habit after agreeing to let 40-year-old killer Brandon Bernard be executed by lethal injection Thursday night.
Donald Trump is set to get the title of “the White House executioner,” for he has issued the largest number of death sentences in more than a century after agreeing to a series of lethal injections before leaving office.
Executions were suspended temporarily during the presidential transition period after Joe Biden won the presidency and after Brandon Bernard was killed by lethal injection.
The scheduled execution of another murderer, named “Alfred Bourgeois,” 56, would lead the outgoing president to a higher level of 10 federal executions from the period of Franklin D. Roosevelt between 1933-1945.
The United States recorded only one federal ruling in the 1920s, which means that Trump will beat Franklin Roosevelt’s record in the last century if three more planned executions are carried out.
Trump would break the record in just four and a half months if Lisa Montgomery were executed as planned on December 31.
She was scheduled to be executed on December 8. Still, She was postponed after her lawyers discovered she was infected with the emerging coronavirus, and the outgoing president has overseen more than a third of federal executions in 100 years.
According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons records, the federal government has executed 36 people since the 1920s, starting with convicted murderer James Alderman in August 1927 in Fort Lauderdale.
The next US president, Joe Biden, opposed the death penalty and affirmed that he would fight for its gradual abolition. The newly installed presidents could revoke many of their predecessors’ orders.
While the executions are irreversible, Mr. Trump has come under heavy criticism for allowing Brandon Bernard to be executed despite resistance from within the justice system.