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Dozens of advocacy groups press Biden to halt federal executions

Dozens of advocacy groups press Biden to halt federal executions
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More than 80 advocacy groups on Tuesday called for the Biden administration to halt federal executions, ending a process that was restarted by the Trump administration in 2019.

The Associated Press reported that a letter signed by 82 organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union asks President BidenJoe BidenObama, Clinton reflect on Mondale's legacy Biden, Harris commend Mondale in paving the way for female VP Mondale in last message to staff: 'Joe in the White House certainly helps' MORE to make good “on your promise of ensuring equality, equity, and justice in our criminal legal system.”

“Any criminal legal system truly dedicated to the pursuit of justice should recognize the humanity of all those who come into contact with it, not sanction the use of a discriminatory practice that denies individuals their rights, fails to respect their dignity, and stands in stark contrast to the fundamental values of our democratic system of governance,” reads the letter.

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White House officials did not immediately return a request for comment on the letter. Biden's press secretary, Jen PsakiJen PsakiWhite House readies for Chauvin verdict The Memo: Russia tensions rise with Navalny's life in balance Top House Republicans ask Harris for meeting on border MORE, was asked about the issue last week during a news briefing and told reporters that she didn’t “have anything to predict for you or preview for you in terms of additional steps" taken in response.

The calls to end federal executions grew louder in December as the Trump administration carried out several executions in the waning days of the former president's term, totaling 13 over the course of a year and a half. More than 40 members of Congress called on Biden at the time to halt executions once he took office.

“The current administration has weaponized capital punishment with callous disregard for human life,” Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyPelosi on power in DC: 'You have to seize it' FDA ends restrictions on mailing abortion pills during pandemic Tlaib: US policing 'intentionally racist,' can't be reformed MORE (D-Mass.) said in December.

“Each of these elements are critical to help prevent greater harm and further loss of life,” she added.

Alan DershowitzAlan Morton DershowitzDershowitz advising MyPillow CEO's lawyers in Dominion case Kushner planning book about time in Trump White House: report A victory for the Constitution, not so much for Trump MORE, a lawyer who aided Trump during his first impeachment trial, revealed Monday that he was involved in numerous efforts to obtain clemency for inmates set to be executed under the Trump Justice Department, including Brandon Bernard, who was executed in December.