US goes forward with uncommon execution regardless of Kim Kardashian’s pleas

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he first execution of Donald Trump’s last days in workplace has gone forward after last-minute clemency pleas had been rejected by the US Supreme Court docket.

Brandon Bernard, 40, obtained a deadly injection in Indiana on Thursday after telling the couple he killed his was sorry.

A number of high-profile figures, together with actuality TV star Kim Kardashian West, had appealed to Mr Trump to commute Mr Bernard’s sentence to life in jail.

Earlier than Mr Bernard’s execution, Ms Kardashian West tweeted that she had spoken to him earlier: “Hardest name I’ve ever had.”

She added: “Brandon, selfless as at all times, was targeted on his household and ensuring they’re okay. He informed me to not cry as a result of our struggle is not over.”

He was convicted of homicide in 1999 when he was a youngster, and is the youngest offender to be executed by the federal authorities in almost 70 years.

It marks the ninth federal execution of the yr, with 4 extra federal executions, deliberate for the weeks earlier than President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

The case of Mr Bernard was a uncommon execution of an individual who was in his teenagers when his crime was dedicated.

Mr Bernard, 40, directed his final phrases to the household of the couple he killed.

“I am sorry,” he mentioned, lifting his head and looking out on the witness-room home windows.

“That is the one phrases that I can say that utterly seize how I really feel now and the way I felt that day.”

Mr Bernard was 18 when he and 4 different youngsters kidnapped and robbed Todd and Stacie Bagley on their method from a Sunday service in Killeen, Texas.

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Protesters collect to demonstrates in opposition to Mr Bernard’s execution

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Simply earlier than the execution was scheduled, Mr Bernard’s legal professionals filed papers with the Supreme Court docket searching for to halt the execution.

However about two and a half hours after the execution was scheduled, the Supreme Court docket denied the request, clearing the way in which for the execution to proceed.

Federal executions had been resumed by Mr Trump in July after a 17-year hiatus regardless of coronavirus outbreaks in US prisons.

Federal executions throughout a presidential switch of energy are uncommon, particularly throughout a transition from a death-penalty proponent to a president-elect against capital punishment like Joe Biden.

The final time executions occurred within the so-called lame-duck interval was through the presidency of Grover Cleveland within the Eighteen Nineties.

The Justice Division refused to delay Thursday’s execution of Mr Bernard, one other inmate on Friday and three extra in January.

The eight federal executions in 2020 already is greater than within the earlier 56 years mixed. 


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