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US executes first convict in 17 years by ‘lethal injection’

Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

14th Jul, 2020. 11:02 pm
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US executes first convict in 17 years by 'lethal injection'

In the United States, the first convict was executed death by lethal injection after nearly two decades.

According to the reports, the US Attorney General last month issued orders to the Federal Bureau of Prisons to carry out the executions of those involved in serious crimes.

According to the US Department of Justice, US Attorney General William Barr has been issuing orders for prisoners awaiting execution since 2003.

He said that according to the schedule for execution of prisoners, the sentences of Daniel Lewis will be executed on July 13, Wesley Purkey on July 15, Dustin Hanken on July 17 and Keith Nelson on August 28.

According to the news agency, Daniel Lewis had killed all the members of a family in Arkansas in the 1990s in order to settle the only white nation in the northwest of the Pacific Ocean.

The family of Daniel Lewis had strongly objected to the execution.

Daniel Lewis, 47, was given a lethal injection in a federal prison in Terry Haute, Indiana, while the convict pleaded not guilty before his death sentence.

“I didn’t do it, I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life, but I’m not a killer,” said Daniel Lewis. His last words were, “You are killing an innocent man.”

Daniel Lewis’ lawyer, Ruth Friedman, said: “It’s a shame that the government carried out executions during pandemics.”

“Finally, the government hastily executed him,” he said.

It should be noted that the Trump administration had planned to start executing the death penalty with highly toxic injection but the court had issued a restraining order.

However, the Trump administration succeeded in April when the U.S. District Court for the Columbia Circuit overturned a district judge’s order suspending the execution of all four convicts.

Attorney General William Barr said in a statement quoting the four convicts that full and fair action had been taken under the law.

He said that we want to execute the punishment of those who have committed horrific crimes and their bereaved families through our justice system.

In the United States, the principle of execution by poison injection is that the face of the injector is kept hidden.

In most US states, only one person administers the toxic injection to inmates, and in some places machines were used, but due to technical glitches, it was discontinued.

Pentahole is commonly used for toxic injections, which are also commonly used to anaesthetize patients during surgery, but the dose is kept at 150 mg, while for death row inmates. This amount is 5,000 mg, while potassium chloride and other poisons are also used.

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