Determined to carry out executions until the last days of his mandate, President Donald Trump again carried out a lethal injection on Thursday, December 10, ignoring calls for clemency.
Besides, Donald Trump has planned four more executions before Joe Biden becomes the 46th President of the United States on January 20. Yet for 131 years, the tradition has been that outgoing presidents postpone executions while awaiting their successors’ arrival.
Trump executes prisoners during the presidential transition.
Despite the Covid-19 pandemic and the presidential transition, Donald Trump’s government continues to carry out executions at a breakneck pace.
Thus, Brandon Bernard, a 40-year-old African-American, received a lethal injection this Thursday, December 10, for participating in a double murder in 1999 in Texas. He was just over 18 at the time. With this conviction, he became the youngest American inmate executed in 70 years
However, “At 18 years and a few months, her brain had not finished developing,” pleaded reality TV star Kim Kardashian. And she’s not the only one who reacted to Brandon Bernard’s execution. Far from there!
Half a million people sign petitions.
Indeed, half a million people have signed petitions asking Donald Trump to commute his sentence to life imprisonment. They emphasized his lack of maturity at the time of the crime. But also his good behavior in prison.
But nothing helps! The Republican president has ignored these calls for clemency. The application of such a penalty depends precisely on the American president.
“Brandon’s execution is a stain on the American justice system,” his lawyer said. “Brandon made a terrible mistake when he was 18 years old. But (…) he never ceased to feel shame and deep remorse for his actions ”.
L’exécution de Brandon Bernard suscite l’indignation.
Unsurprisingly, the news of his death sparked outrage. Many anti-death penalty figures have taken the opportunity to recall the need to end this punishment. This is the case of the Democrat, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
As for the director of research at the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC), Ngozi Ndolo, she says he is “stubbornly pursuing executions in the midst of a global pandemic. It’s amazing.”
In fact, Trump continues in the face of health risks. Even the states that adhere to the death penalty, such as Texas, have stopped carrying out death sentences. Despite this, the Trump administration persisted.
This is even though six members of the execution team who participated in the recent federal execution tested positive for the novel coronavirus within the following week.
Trump executes prisoner: first in 131 years.
Also, Brandon Bernard’s execution is not the first of its kind in recent times. It actually marks the ninth federal execution since July. However, this practice has been on hold for 17 years. In fact, between 1976 and 2003, there were only three federal executions. But since July 14, 2020, there have been nine.
Besides, four more executions were still scheduled until Donald Trump leaves the White House. Next is Alfred Bourgeois. The latter was sentenced to torture and beatings to the death against his two-year-old daughter. He is scheduled to be executed on Friday 11 December.
Trump breaks tradition
However, since 1889, the tradition has been that outgoing presidents postpone executions pending their successors’ arrival. The President has decided to break this tradition. So we have to believe that Donald Trump continues to nurture the memory of his fortitude until the last moments of his presidency.