President Trump: Please Stop the Federal Executions

Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America

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The Trump Administration resumed federal executions in July after a 17 year hiatus, and carried out seven executions between July 14 and September 24, 2020. This unprecedented pace of executions make President Trump the most-executing president since the 1950's.

THREE MORE EXECUTION DATES ARE PENDING: Orlando Hall on Nov 19, Lisa Montgomery on Dec 8, and Brandon Bernard on International Human Rights Day, Dec 10, 2020. Case details/links are below. More dates may be announced at any time.

If these federal executions are carried out, in a time frame of less than six months President Trump will surpass President Truman's seven executions in his entire two terms in office, and tie Eisenhower's eight executions over his eight years.

Many problems exist with federal, military and state death penalty laws. These issues are explored in great detail, here. Death Penalty Action believes the death penalty is not necessary to be safe from dangerous offenders or to hold them accountable.

President Trump has made his mark on this issue and secured his place in history. No further executions are necessary. Add your name to urge President Trump to order Attorney General Barr to withdraw all pending execution warrants and to refrain from setting any new federal execution dates. The petition also asks the President to commute (change) the death sentences of all remaining federal and military death row prisoners to life sentences.

NOTE: The information in this background and the asks within the deliverable petition language may be adjusted from time to time to keep them current as to scheduled federal executions. Petition signatures will be submitted to the President at appropriate moments in the coming weeks.


THE NEXT EXECUTIONS:

Besides the use of the federal death penalty being an affront to human rights and criminal justice, there are other factors surrounding each case:

Orlando Hall is scheduled to be executed on November 19, 2020 in revenge for his participation in the 1994 murder of Lisa Rene. It was an awful crime, made more awful now by the disparities in how our government is responding. Orlando Hall is one of five co-defendants in the case. Three testified against him in exchange for lesser sentences and they are already free. Another's death sentence was invalidated due to intellectual disability. Racism played a strong role in securing this death sentence, and this case provides yet one more example of unnecessary federal overreach in criminal prosecution. Read a thorough run-down on the Orlando Hall case here.

Lisa Montgomery, the only woman on federal death row, is scheduled to be executed on December 8, 2020 in revenge for the 2007 kidnapping and killing of Bobbie Jo Stinnett. Montgomery suffers from severe mental illness and the devastating impacts of trauma and abuse she suffered as a child, including being sexually trafficked. Lisa was also represented at trial by an incompetent lawyer who has the dubious distinction of having more clients on federal death row than any other attorney.  Read more about Lisa's case here. Executing Lisa Montgomery would be a profound injustice.

Brandon Bernard is scheduled to be executed on December 10, 2020 in revenge for the carjacking and murder of an Todd and Stacie Bagley. A majority of the surviving trial jurors no longer want that death verdict carried out, and the government is now known to have concealed from those jurors vital information that likely would have persuaded them to spare Brandon's life in the first place. Just 18 years old at the time of the crime, he was described to the jury as a “continuing threat to society” despite his lack of any previous record of violence. Read more about this case on his web page: https://www.helpsavebrandon.com.

This section will be updated if/when new execution dates are scheduled.
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To: Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America
From: Judy Morris

We are writing to urge you to order Attorney General Barr to withdraw all pending execution warrants and to refrain from setting any new federal execution dates.

There are issues of deep concern about fairness and appropriateness of a death sentence in each of the pending executions. Please carefully review information provided to you by the legal teams of each prisoner.

President Trump, your administration has carried out seven executions since July, making you the most-executing president since the 1950's. You have made your point. Please commute (change) the death sentences of all remaining federal and military death row prisoners to life sentences.

Our nation is strong enough and smart enough that it can hold dangerous offenders accountable and be safe from them without executions. We do that every day in the vast majority of homicide cases. The death penalty is not an effective tool to stop crime. We know that:

* Government makes mistakes;
* The criminal legal system is fraught with disparity and unfairness;
* Prison workers should not be forced to take on the burden of killing defenseless prisoners once, let alone at the rapid pace of the recent federal execution schedule; * It is a cruel hoax to suggest that executions provide healing to murder victim family members. We can and must do better for the families left behind in the wake of violence.

Thank you for your time and attention to this serious matter.