Capital punishment

United States announce that federal executions will resume after 16 years

Lawyer who represents people on death row explains why this decision was made.
The United States Attorney General William Barr has announced that federal executions will resume for the first time in 16 years. Five people found guilty of federal crimes will be put to death in December and January. There are just over 60 inmates on death row. Mr Barr's announcement lifts what was an informal moratorium on the federal death penalty. BBC Newsday's James Copnall spoke to Madeline Cohen, a lawyer who represents people on death row. He began by asking her about why the decision had been made. 

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