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Sessions Directs DOJ to Seek Death Penalty More Often

Sessions Directs DOJ to Seek Death Penalty More Often
(AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 09 January 2018 01:45 PM

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has authorized federal prosecutors to seek the death penalty in two cases, as the Department of Justice begins to ramp up its use of capital punishment, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The DOJ on Monday announced that it will be seeking the death penalty for Billy Arnold, a Detroit man and suspected gang member who was charged with murder and other crimes in 2016. This follows the department’s announcement in December that it would seek the death penalty for Jarvis Wayne Madison, who was charged with kidnapping and killing his wife in 2016.

A senior DOJ official told the Journal that Sessions sees the death penalty as a "valuable tool in the tool belt," and that it’s not just a deterrent, but a "punishment for the most heinous crimes prohibited under federal law," as well.

The official added that the department is expected to seek the death penalty more often under President Donald Trump than under his predecessor.

Trump said in 2015, at the beginning of his campaign for the White House, that he would direct the DOJ to seek the death penalty for anyone who kills a police officer, a call he repeated last month.

"One of the first things I do, in terms of executive order if I win, will be to sign a strong, strong statement that will go out to the country — out to the world — that anybody killing a policeman, policewoman, a police officer — anybody killing a police officer, the death penalty. It's going to happen, OK?" Trump said in 2015, after accepting the endorsement of a New England police union, according to CNN.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions has authorized federal prosecutors to seek the death penalty in two cases, as the Department of Justice begins to ramp up its use of capital punishment, The Wall Street Journal reports.
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