“You didn’t accomplish anything but deep hurt for other people,” said Shirrene Goss, sister of Tywanza Sanders, one of Roof’s victims. Those three cases represent all of the executions carried out since the federal death penalty statute was reinstated in 1988 and expanded six years later. President Obama has called the death penalty “deeply troubling,” but he remained in favor of using it for particularly heinous crimes. When Tsarnaev was sentenced, federal officials said the government did not have any lethal injection drugs, which are increasingly difficult for officials to obtain. Further reading:‘Evil, evil, evil as can be’: Emotional testimony as Dylann Roof trial beginsDylann Roof says it’s ‘not fair’ he has to hear so much from his victims’ families.
Source: Washington Post January 11, 2017 18:23 UTC