According to reports, the Justice Department has scheduled three more federal executions before Joe Biden—the President-elect, is set to enter office on January 20. The announcement was recently made via a court filing this past Friday night. The news surfaced only a day after the eighth federal execution took place this year, which is coming off the heels of a 17-year hiatus.
Executions were scheduled for Alfred Bourgeois on December 11, Cory Johnson on January 14, and Dustin Higgs on January 15. All three of the men have been convicted of crimes ranging from beating their daughter to death to murdering other drug dealers. Lawyers for Cory Johnson argue that the man is intellectually disabled, so it would be unconstitutional to execute Johnson for his crime. Previously, the Supreme Court ruled that it is unlawful to execute a person whose intelligence is so low that they cannot function in society.
Joe Biden has vowed to remove the death penalty upon entering office, as his campaign said they would work to push legislation that gets rid of capital punishment on a federal level.