« NACDL continuing great work spotlighting the ugly trial penalty now through compelling clemency petitions | Main | Terrific coverage at CCRC as "Marijuana expungement accelerates across the country" »

November 20, 2020

US Department of Justice sets three more execution dates

In this July post I wondered aloud "How many federal death row prisoners does Attorney General William Barr want to see executed in 2020?".  My main point in that post was that, after the completion of an initial three federal executions that month thanks to SCOTUS lifting lower court stays, it seemed that AG Barr would likely be able to have completed as many executions he decided to set.  For anyone who might have thought AG Barr would be content with ten executions in 2020 (eight already completed and two more planned), this new DOJ press reveals details he is not done.  This release is titled  "Executions Scheduled for Inmates Convicted of Brutal Murders Many Years Ago," and here are the essentials:

Attorney General William P. Barr today directed the Federal Bureau of Prisons to schedule the executions of three federal-death row inmates sentenced to death for staggeringly brutal murders, including the murder of a child and, with respect to two inmates, the murder of multiple victims.

  • Alfred Bourgeois abused, tortured, and beat to death his young daughter....  Bourgeois is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on Dec. 11, 2020, at the Federal Correctional Complex, Terre Haute, Indiana.
  • Cory Johnson murdered seven people — Peyton Johnson, Louis Johnson, Bobby Long, Dorothy Armstrong, Anthony Carter, Linwood Chiles, and Curtis Thorne — in furtherance of his drug-trafficking activities....  Johnson is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on Jan. 14, 2021, at the Federal Correctional Complex, Terre Haute, Indiana.
  • Dustin John Higgs kidnapped and murdered three women — Tamika Black, 19; Tanji Jackson, 21; and Mishann Chinn, 23....  Higgs is scheduled to be executed on Jan. 15, 2021.

November 20, 2020 at 09:54 PM | Permalink


And the majority of Supreme Court Justices sit, metaphorically speaking, knitting as the guillotine falls. A renegade President, a maverick Attorney General and an impotent Supreme Court. As fiction it would be regarded as fantasy. As real life, it is an American tragedy.

Posted by: peter | Nov 21, 2020 2:21:48 PM

I am in agreement with Attorney General William Barr in these cases. Anyone taking the life of multiple people (if facts) should have been instantly executed and not caged for life. One death could be rare circumstance but multiple deaths are the work of an incompatible human being, not fit to live.

Posted by: LC in Texas | Nov 21, 2020 3:51:03 PM

Needless to say, they will not be missed.

Posted by: anon1 | Nov 22, 2020 11:55:33 AM

He is just making up for 8 years of INACTION under Biden Obama Seems right to me.

Posted by: DeanO | Nov 22, 2020 8:42:11 PM

Post a comment

In the body of your email, please indicate if you are a professor, student, prosecutor, defense attorney, etc. so I can gain a sense of who is reading my blog. Thank you, DAB