10th Federal Execution Under Trump; Three Set for January

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The Trump administration continued its unprecedented series of post-election executions by putting to death a Louisiana truck driver who severely abused his two-year-old daughter in 2002, then killed her by slamming her head repeatedly against a truck’s windows and dashboard, the Associated Press reports. Alfred Bourgeois, 56, was pronounced dead Friday evening at a federal prison in Terre Haute, In. His lawyers said  he had an IQ that put him in the intellectually disabled category, saying that should have made him ineligible for the death penalty. Bourgeois insisted, “I did not commit this crime.” The girl’s relatives called him “a monster.”

Bourgeois was the 10th federal death-row inmate put to death since federal executions resumed under President Donald Trump in July after a 17-year hiatus. He was the second federal prisoner executed last week, with three more executions planned in January. The last presidential administration during which the number of civilians executed federally exceeded 10 was under President Grover Cleveland, with 14 in 1896. The executions under Trump since Election Day, the first in late November, is  the first time in more than 130 years that federal executions have occurred during a lame-duck period. Cleveland was the last president to do that. Bourgeois’ lawyers said the apparent hurry by Trump to get executions in before the Jan. 20 inauguration of death-penalty foe Joe Biden, deprived their client of his rights to exhaust his legal options.

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