Capital punishment is available under federal law as well as various state statutes. For more, read:
- Terry Lenamon’s List of Federal Death Penalty Aggravating Factors and Mitigating Circumstances
- Federal Death Penalty Challenged as Unconstitutional
- Federal Death Penalty for Dylann Roof in Charleston Church Shooting
- Jury Votes Federal Death Penalty for Florida Turnpike Killings.
Recent news coverage of the federal death penalty has focused upon the Trump Administration’s desire to re-institute federal executions. For details, read the Washington Post article by Mark Berman and Ann E. Marimow entitled, “Trump administration’s plans to resume federal executions debated at appeals court,” published on January 15, 2020.
SCOTUS and the Federal Death Penalty
This week SCOTUSBlog published a great overview of federal death penalty in SCOTUS precedent, written by Kalvis Golde. Given that many cases involving the federal death penalty have not reached the High Court, it is interesting to consider the inevitable increase in capital appeals by federal Death Row inmates given the White House’s encouragement of federal prosecution in seeking the death penalty and its planned resumption of federal executions.