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Trump administration has second inmate executed in two days

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The administration of outgoing President Donald Trump has executed a black man convicted of murder for the second time in two days. Alfred Bourgeois, 56, was killed with a poison syringe last night in the prison in Terre Haute, Indiana.

The truck driver was convicted in 2004 for abusing, torturing and killing his two and a half years young daughter. The day before, Brandon Bernard (40) was executed, even though there had been protests against his execution. Bernard had been arrested for murder as an eighteen-year-old gang member and later sentenced to death by a jury.

According to the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC), Trump plans to have three more executions carried out before President-elect Joe Biden takes office on January 20. The Democrat has spoken out in the past for an abolition of the death penalty at the federal level. Republican Trump is in favor of the death penalty.

An argument star against the death penalty in Terre Haute. © EPA

Abolished in 22 states

U.S. Attorney William Barr announced in 2019 that executions would resume at the federal level. After legal wrangling, in July last year – for the first time in seventeen years – another execution took place on that basis. Since then, a total of ten people have been executed at the request of the Trump administration. In addition, there are the death sentences in the states.

According to the DPIC, 22 of the 50 states have now abolished the death penalty. A moratorium applies in three other states. The death penalty is still pronounced there, but not carried out. That was also the case at the federal level between 2003 and 2020.

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