Lawmakers Urge Justice Department to Suspend Executions During Transition 

Government Executive: Four Democratic lawmakers asked the Justice Department on Friday to suspend federal executions during the presidential transition, so the incoming Biden-Harris administration can reassess whether to move forward on them.

Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.; and Cory Booker, D-N.J.; and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., wrote to Attorney General William Barr with concerns about the federal executions that he authorized to resume over the summer after 17 years. The death penalty is outlawed in 21 states and the District of Columbia.

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